How do we collect and report on multiple races?

Date Published: December 2014

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Per HUD’s Notice for Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Data Collection for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, “persons counted under “multiple races” should also be counted in at least two other race categories.” This means that, for the purposes of data collection, count enumerators should identify persons with all race categories they identify themselves with. For example, if a homeless person responds to the race question by identifying as both White and Asian then the enumerator should mark that person as both of those races on their survey. However, for the purpose of PIT data reporting, CoCs must report each person in only one race category, inclusive of those who identify as two or more races. This means that persons who identified as having more than one race must be identified in the “multiple races” category and must not also be counted in other race categories. For example, Jane indicated that she is “Black or African American” and “White.” For the PIT count, Jane is only included in the count of persons who are “multiple races” and she is not included the count of persons who are “Black or African American” or “White.” 

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