On Monday, January 28th, more than 100 volunteers gathered with us at our Times Square residence late into the night for the annual HOPE (Homeless Outreach Population Estimate) survey. It was a chance for volunteers to step outside their comfort zone learn first-hand about street homelessness.
Organized by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, HOPE is an annual survey administered on one of the coldest night's of the year that attempts to estimate the number of people who are experiencing homelessness on the streets.
Every year since HOPE began back in 2005, Breaking Ground has recruited volunteers and canvassed the streets of Midtown Manhattan. This year was no exception. With generous support from our partners at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (who continue to make significant contributions to the development of our permanent supportive and affordable housing across the city), we welcomed more than 100 volunteers, along with leaders from our Street to Home program, to make sure that everybody counts.