Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.
I think that describing Dr. Groves comments as an admission is a bit inflamatory. He is, merely, explaining the process which was used to count the homeless. As a volunteer at a homeless facility, I understand the difficulty in counting these people.
Last year Palm Beach County, FL (where I live) attempted to count the homeless population within the county. Their method was to have a homeless event in several places throughout the county on the same evening. The events were well published & word was hot on the homeless grapevine. The events offered entertainment, great food, medical services, clothing, free bus passes and other things. We not only counted heads but, gender & ages.
We feel our count was very accurate but, also, very expensive compared to what the Census Bureau spent. Was there value in the expense? I don’t know.