Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) takes the health and safety of survey participants seriously. All field representatives from the US Census Bureau wear face masks and practice social distancing at all times. If you are a study participant, we ask that you also wear a face mask and remain at least six feet apart at all times when interacting with field representatives .

The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) is required by State and City law. The questionnaire collects important information including unit, building, and neighborhood conditions; housing and utility costs; and information about the people who live in the sampled address. The survey is conducted every three years and is sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

Learn more on the NYCHVS website.

What Happens Next

If you are selected to participate, you may receive a letter or a visit from a US Census Bureau Field Representative. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete. Field representatives are required by law to protect participants’ privacy and confidentiality. Participation in the survey is voluntary, but it is extremely important to ensure that the voices of all New Yorkers are represented.

To verify the identity of the Field Representative, you may ask to see official identification.

Field Representative identity can also be confirmed:


Verify a US Census Bureau Field Representative.

By Phone

  • Agency: United States Department of Commerce
  • Division: United States Census Bureau New York Regional Office
  • Phone Number: (212) 584-3490
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can leave a message for the HPD sponsor team and they will respond.

  • Agency: Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Division: NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey Sponsor Team
  • Phone Number: (212) 863-5042
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Leave a voicemail, and be sure to include your name and phone number. Your call will be returned during agency business hours, except City Holidays.