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2020 Hospital Homeless Count Report Release

The Consortium released its annual Hospital Homeless Count on August 28, 2020, following the release of the NYC Department of Homeless Services’s 2020 Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) results.

On January 27, 2020—the same night as HOPE—the Consortium led its annual effort to independently count to count the number of people experiencing homelessness who were seeking care or shelter in NYC hospitals, identifying 226 unsheltered homeless people in 30 hospital emergency rooms in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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Hospital Homeless Count Reports 2014-2019

2020 Findings

30 hospitals were surveyed in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, including all 11 NYC Health + Hospital (H+H) sites.

69% of respondents reported not having a regular doctor outside of the ED.

76% of respondents reported 10 or more visits to the ED within past year, including 22% who reported visiting the hospital every day.

An additional 30 individuals were identified as homeless and living in a shelter. 

2020 Findings

On January 27, 2020—the same night of the New York City Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) throughout NYC streets and subways—the Health & Housing Consortium led an independent effort to count the number of people experiencing homelessness who were seeking care or shelter in NYC hospitals. This population is considered the “hidden homeless” because they are missed by the City’s estimate. Volunteers surveyed individuals in emergency department (ED) treatment areas and waiting rooms and other non-medical locations such as lobbies and hallways.

individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness counted in NYC hospitals on a single night

30 hospitals were surveyed in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, including all 11 NYC Health + Hospital (H+H) sites.

69% of respondents reported not having a regular doctor outside of the ED.

76% of respondents reported 10 or more visits to the ED within past year, including 22% who reported visiting the hospital every day.

An additional 30 individuals were identified as homeless and living in a shelter. 

30 hospitals were surveyed in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, including all 11 NYC Health + Hospital (H+H) sites.

69% of respondents reported not having a regular doctor outside of the ED.

76% of respondents reported 10 or more visits to the ED within past year, including 22% who reported visiting the hospital every day.

22% of respondents reported visiting the hospital every day.

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