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CoC Analysis Tool: Race and Ethnicity


Date Published: March 2022


Each community has unique circumstances impacting homeless populations. The CoC Analysis Tool: Race and Ethnicity draws on Point-In-Time Count (PIT) and American Community Survey (ACS) data to facilitate analysis of racial disparities among people experiencing homelessness. Such an analysis is a critical first step in identifying and changing racial and ethnic disparities in our systems and services.

The number of people experiencing homelessness represented in the 3.0 version of this tool is drawn from the 2021 PIT Count data reported in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to the U.S. Congress. PIT Counts are unduplicated 1-night estimates of sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations conducted by CoCs nationwide during the last week of January each year.

Select the link below to download the tool. To use the tool, select a CoC from the dropdown at the top of the Dashboard tab. The charts and tables will automatically populate with local and state data. Instruction and further details are provided in the accompanying PDF document and in the “How to Use this Tool” and “Methodology” tabs.

CoC Analysis Tool Updates

Version 3.0 of the CoC Analysis Tool: Race and Ethnicity includes the following updates from version 2.1:

  • PIT data are pulled from PIT 2021.
  • ACS data are pulled from ACS 2015-2019 5-Year estimates.
  • In the "Distribution of Race" and "Distribution of Ethnicity" bar charts on the DASHBOARD tab, bars for the total population ("Total Population (ACS)") were added to each chart above the bar for households in poverty.
  • In the "CoC Data" table, the numbers for the unsheltered homelessness counts are displayed as "NOT AVAILABLE" if the CoC did not report the data by race.
  • In the charts and tables on the DASHBOARD tab the single race categories are sorted alphabetically, followed by the Other/Multi-Racial category.
  • In the charts on the DASHBOARD tab, the bar colors for the Black populations have been changed from light gray to orange.

Note: Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance with the file or questions regarding how to use it, submit a question to the CoC Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. Select “CoC: Continuum of Care” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

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