Shadow Count 2014

Attention Shadow Count Decoys: The training scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00pm is cancelled due to inclement weather. If you were planning to attend this session, you still have an opportunity to be trained on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:00pm or Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00pm. Please check the Silberman website or call the Shadow Count Hotline at 212-396-7808 with any questions or for additional updates.

Thank you for your interest in being a decoy for Shadow Count 2014. Given the response from volunteers, registration is now closed and we are no longer accepting decoy registrations.

If you would like to be on a waitlist or would like to receive information about future Shadow Count projects, please complete the form below.

Shadow Count 2014 Decoy Waitlist


SHADOW COUNT 2014. Throughout the night of Monday, January 27th into the morning of Tuesday, January 28th (overnight!), the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will be sending hundreds of volunteers all across the city to count the homeless.

On that same night, paid volunteers, "decoys", will be sent to designated locations throughout the city to see how many are counted. Information on the number of decoys that are counted will be used to assess the accuracy of the official DHS 2014 Street Survey count. Shadow Count is funded by DHS but conducted independently by Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College researchers.

Shadow Count 2014: Night of January 27-28th, 2014
12:00 midnight to 4:00 am
(Check-in time 2 hours earlier)

For more information click here Shadow Count FAQ's.

To sign up to participate as a paid decoy click here.

Note: Every decoy must attend ONE training. Every volunteer decoy must provide a valid copy of a Social Security Card and Photo ID for payment at their training. Payments will be processed after the completion of the Shadow Count. Click here for training information.

Thank you for your support and participation in this project.

Contact for information or to submit a registration form:

Mail: Shadow Count - 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Shadow Count Hotline (leave a message and it will be returned ASAP): 212.396.7808
Email: shadowcount@hunter.cuny.edu