People of color are disproportionately more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the US. Systemic discrimination and racism have resulted in disparities in the ways housing programs and homeless services impact diverse populations. When people of color experience homelessness, trauma, substance use, and mental health challenges, their housing stability is further undermined by racism, discrimination, and stigma.
Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic and Latinx people experiencing housing instability and homelessness need access to effective, culturally responsive, racially equitable services and supports.
Equity is a strategy to address disparities and achieve fairness for all. At C4 Innovations, we start with racial equity because racism permeates every institution and system in the US, denying millions the right to a fair and just society in which they can thrive and prosper. Through partnership with communities and people with lived experience, we incorporate person-centered, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches to understand factors that drive inequities and achieve transformative outcomes.