Our work provides an unique vantage point on racial inequity. We see the toll that brutal inequalities have exacted on our country, communities and clients. It is unconscionable that:
Black people make up 40 percent of the homeless population compared to 13 percent of the total population. They are overrepresented in every state. Last year, 41 percent of BEDS clients identified as African American.
Black people experiencing homelessness outnumber Black households in deep poverty, which leads researchers to conclude that inequalities come from “centuries of discrimination in housing, criminal justice, child welfare and education.”
Government and private sector practices have undercut affordable housing opportunities in Black and other minority communities. For example, there are only 37 affordable housing options for every 100 extremely low-income households, which disproportionately affects Black, Native American, and Hispanic populations.
Homelessness limits people’s economic opportunities, health and wellbeing, and lifespan. Homelessness almost certainly guarantees encounters with law enforcement. Race and other factors like untreated mental illness increase chances of a negative encounter with law enforcement.
While one organization cannot repair broken social and economic structures, we will continue to prevent homelessness, return people to homes, and create housing in Black and other vulnerable communities. Join us in creating a positive, constructive future, making a difference right here in our community.
Executive Director Tina Rounds joined colleagues Javon Harris and others to support the marchers