People of color are disproportionately more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the U.S. Systemic discrimination and racism have resulted in disparities in the ways in which homeless and housing services and programs impact diverse populations.
SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities is a collaboration with partners and communities to understand and respond to racial inequities and to jump start implementation of racial equity strategies in homeless services, programs, policies, and systems.
A SPARC report documented high rates of homelessness among people of color in our partner communities: approximately 65% of people experiencing homelessness were Black, while 28% were White. Homelessness among American Indian/Alaskan Natives in the SPARC communities was 3 to 8 times higher than their proportion of the general population. Read the report to see findings and recommendations for organizational leaders, researchers, policymakers, and community members.