Racial Equity

In the 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), African Americans have remained considerably overrepresented among the homeless population compared to the U.S. population. African Americans accounted for 40 percent of all people experiencing homelessness in 2019 and 52 percent of people experiencing homelessness as members of families with children, despite being 13 percent of the U.S. population. In contrast, 48 percent of all people experiencing homelessness were white compared with 77 percent of the U.S. population. People identifying as Hispanic or Latino (who can be of any race) are about 22 percent of the homeless population but only 18 percent of the population overall.

HUD recognizes the need for communities to better understand and address the overrepresentation of people of color among those experiencing homelessness.

These racial equity resources, data toolkits, and research reports relate to identifying disparities and implementing responses to address the overrepresentation of people of color in the homeless system.

HUD grantees can submit requests for formal program guidance or share resources they've found effective by submitting a request to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. Select the appropriate program – CoC: Continuum of Care or ESG: Emergency Solutions Grants – and enter "Racial Equity" for the subject.

Coordinated Entry Equity Demonstration

For years, communities have seen how assessment tools, prioritization processes, and general practices within coordinated entry systems (CES) exacerbate and create racial inequities in the housing and services needs of clients and do not prioritize clients for appropriate housing in a racially equitable way. HUD embarked on a new way of approaching this work through the “Coordinated Entry Equity Demonstration.” Two cohorts of Continuums of Care (CoCs) worked together to design more equitable CES processes, especially assessment and prioritization processes, to significantly improve the Homeless Response System experience and the housing stability outcomes for Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all people of color.



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