Racial Disparities Show Most Minority Groups Experience Higher Rates of Homelessness in the U.S. than Whites

Racial Disparities Require Systems and Programs Serving the Homeless be Non-Discriminatory

Homelessness in the United States disproportionately affects minorities. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness these racial disparities include:

  • Blacks make up more than 40% of the homeless population, but are only 13% of the general population
  • Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and those of more than one race make up less than 5% of the general population, but their homeless rate is more than 10%
  • Hispanics are 21% of the homeless population, but only 18% of the general population

These results show how most minority groups make up a larger share of the homeless population than they do of the general population. Many Americans identify that homelessness, poverty, and other systemic issues are caused from racial inequity.

As a result, many call for programs to benefit these disproportionate groups and end the consequences of racial disparity.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “Any effort to end homelessness in the United States must address the range of issues that have resulted from racial inequity.”

Affordable and stable housing is vital to ending racial inequity. The United States needs systems and programs serving people experiencing homelessness without discrimination based on race, gender, or any other determining factor. Homeless services need to structure their initiatives to make sure they are best serving all populations affected by homelessness.

If you are interested in learning more and influencing policy that eliminates racial disparity in homeless services and affordable housing, you should attend the 2018 Congressional Reception.

On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that pOportunity Starts at Home.

Register today to attend the Congressional Reception.

Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception. You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign. Follow the event with these hashtags #NJHillDay #NoHousingCuts and @OppStartsatHome.

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