Many services, programs, and policies systematically discriminate against people with diverse racial, ethnic, and gender identities. This results in disparities in how services and programs impact people. Equity is a strategy to address those disparities and achieve fairness.
At C4 Innovations, our goal is to center equity in everything we do—in our work and in our own organization. We start with racial equity because racism permeates every institution and system in the U.S., denying millions the right to a fair and just society in which they can thrive and prosper.
Through SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities, we are collaborating with communities to grapple with inequities and develop resources, tools, and policies that help build more equitable systems. We are developing structural change strategies to reduce the disproportionate number of Black people and people of color experiencing homelessness.
To achieve health and wellness and effect lasting social change for all people who have experienced homelessness, trauma, substance use, and mental health challenges, we must create more equitable systems. Working closely with individuals and communities, we have much to learn. The challenge is great, but we are committed to the hard work needed to achieve results.