Survey Homeless 2012

Paru le :Paru le23/05/2024

Traitement statistique

Frequency of data collection

Punctual or aperiodic

Data collection

This operation is the reissue of the 2001 survey with some modifications in order to take account of developments and some improvements in the plan of help for the homeless. The scope of the 2012 survey was expanded compared to the survey 2001.

  • Some services have been added :  they include especially services providing breakfasts.

  • collection took place Monday to Saturday noon, Saturday evening and Sunday remaining excluded ;  the 2001 survey was carried out on weekdays except weekend.

  • A self-administered questionnaire was introduced to take into account the increasing proportion of non-French speaking homeless people (translated in 14 languages : Persian, Pashto, Arabic, Armenian, Polish, Russian, Bulgarian, Albanian, English, Spanish, Rromani, Romanian, Serbian / Croatian, Mandarin). For French-speaking people, it is performed face to face with an interviewer on a paper questionnaire. Non-French-speaking people answer a four-page-self-administered questionnaire translated into 14 languages if they understand one of these languages.

Collection mode

Face to face by interviewer

Survey unit


Sampling method

The sampling is a random 3-degrees sampling :

  • Drawing of the conurbations
  • Drawing of the visits : services x days
  • Drawing of the users attending the service on the day of the planned visit.

  • A random 80 conurbations with more than 20,000 inhabitants in 2006 was performed. All conurbations with more than 200,000 inhabitants were selected ; conurbations from 20 000 to less than 200 000 people were drawn in proportion to their population and accommodation capacity as measured in the file Finess.

  • To achieve the drawing of services by days among the 80 conurbations with more than 20,000 inhabitants, a sampling frame is created. This services database of the scope of the survey was made after a pre-survey realised by a Regional Office and enriched by a telephone survey conducted by investigators in February / March 2011. This survey has enabled for all conurbations of the scope of the survey individuals to gather the information needed to draw visits : fine definition of services from the scope of the survey, average attendance, opening days, type of public welcomed.

  • The draw of the users attending the service the day of the scheduled visit is made on site the even day of the visit with a drawing table at their disposal for each service. Four individuals are then interviewed face to face and a maximum of twelve meet a self-administered questionnaire.