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Dr. Groves admits that homeless census operations are flawed

CNS news posed some questions yesterday to Dr. Groves about the homeless census operations. Here’s the article.

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5 Responses to “Dr. Groves admits that homeless census operations are flawed”

  1. Crew Leader Says:

    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.

  2. anonymous Says:

    thetimes-tribune dot com/news/man-wanted-in-lackawanna-county-nabbed-in-poconos-1.871051

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I agree with CL above…this is a difficult problem and Dr. Groves is right when he says we do our best to count everyone.

    SRM – Thanks for posting another link to the Conservative News Service…read the comments at the bottom of that story and pass the tinfoil please. Wow!

  4. Brooklyn Counts Says:

    There is no better way to do it.

    Seriously – what are you implying with this post? That you have a better solution?

  5. statistician Says:

    If I had to guess, I would say that there are at least two missed homeless people for every one double counted person.