Data Snapshot: Racial Disparities in Homelessness

July 16, 2019  |  Data and Graphics

In Every State, African Americans Are More Likely than Whites to Experience Homelessness

July 16, 2019 – A new analysis by the National Alliance to End Homelessness sheds light on striking racial disproportionality in homelessness. In every state in the nation, African Americans are more likely than Whites to be homeless.

Nationally, the rate of homelessness per 10,000 African Americans is 4.7 times higher than it is for Whites. Among the states, the ratios vary widely from a 16.4 times higher rate in Minnesota, to a 1.7 time higher rate in Mississippi.

Although there are broad demographic and systemic factors that affect the ratio of disproportionality, is it important for communities to use their data to assess its scope and ensure that their programs are doing what they can to eliminate it. 

For more information on this topic, please read the Alliance’s full research brief, “The Demographic Data Project: Race.”