It happens every two years; the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the American Housing Survey, information that is then passed on to HUD and other housing agencies to get a snap-shot of the nation's housing needs and trends. Cathy Lacy is a regional director with the Census Bureau.
"We are asking questions about their household situations. We're asking information about the size of their homes, number of rooms, any construction that has been done. So basically we're doing a housing inventory."
The survey is voluntary and takes about 30 minutes, either on the phone or in person.
"Every person who comes to their door, they'll actually have a Census Bureau identification card. They'll also have business cards from the Census Bureau that has our phone number here in the Denver regional office that they can call. And we can verify that yes, they work for us. And they also have a laptop, and our laptops are pretty distinctive because it has a great big blue logo on the front of it."
Ten area counties are part of the survey, including Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend and Galveston counties. The field work here in the Houston area will continue through September. The Census Bureau sent out letters earlier this week notifying households that had been randomly chosen for the housing survey.