In 2018, the Alliance formed a Racial Equality Network (REN) of local and state systems and program leaders and advocates to inspire more engagement about best practices, data collection, and action steps at the systems level. The intent is to create a space in which leaders in the field can exchange ideas and advise the Alliance on practical approaches to addressing racial disparities.
Homelessness programs and systems have a significant and direct responsibility to ensure that they are not, themselves, having a disparate impact on people based on their race or ethnicity. The first step in doing so is to look at the impact of our programs through a racial and ethnic lens by collecting, analyzing, and acting on data.
As the process of analyzing and addressing racial disparities in the homelessness system advances, many new tools and programs will be developed. The Racial Equality Network has identified the following set of existing tools that you might find helpful as you get started.
Assessing Disproportionality and Disparity
Look at your community’s census data to know each race’s and ethnicity’s percentage of the population, and compare it to the percentage in your CoC’s homeless population. This allows you to see the disproportionality of homelessness.
HUD has also created a CoC Analysis Tool on Race and Ethnicity. This tool allows you to examine what percentage of people in your CoC are poor, homeless, sheltered and unsheltered based on race and ethnicity.
Assessing for Disparate Outcomes
The Alliance’s Racial Equity Network has created a tool which can help you measure whether the outcomes of your program or system vary depending on the race or ethnicity of a homeless person or family. This is a simple dashboard measuring key portions of a homeless program or system.
The Racial Equity Network will always announce updates of HUD tools and will discuss action steps systems can take if disparities are found in the next edition. For additional information please contact Chan Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org