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CoC Analysis Tool: Race and Ethnicity


Date Published: March 2020


Each community has unique circumstances impacting people experiencing homelessness. The CoC Analysis Tool draws on Point-In-Time (PIT) Count and American Community Survey 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 bias in our systems and services.

The number of people experiencing homelessness represented in this tool is drawn from the 2019 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 2.1 of the CoC Analysis Tool: Race and Ethnicity corrects two calculation errors from version 2:

  • The first is an error in the "All People" chart in the Distribution of Ethnicity section. The percentages displayed in the bar chart for Hispanic and Non-Hispanic People Experiencing Homelessness were incorrectly displaying the percentages of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic People In Poverty. The percentages in the tables were correct.
  • The second correction is an error in the Youth sections of the CoC and State tables, as well as the Youth chart of version 2. The numbers and percentages of all youth, at the CoC and State level, were incorrectly displaying the numbers and percentages of youth households rather than individuals. This had the effect of undercounting the total number of youth at the CoC and State level.

Please Note: If your CoC used the percentage of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic People Experiencing Homelessness In Poverty from the bar chart, or the total number or percentage of individual youth at the CoC and State Level, the information was incorrect and has been corrected in Version 2.1.

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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