Lessons in Family Homelessness: Racial Equity

Published: February 2, 2021

Racial equity is a value and practice that should permeate every aspect of homeless services, from funding to delivery. Applying what we learned through our experience leading the 10-year Family Homelessness Initiative, Building Changes has developed a list of five guiding principles to advance racial equity in homeless systems. This brief details those lessons, illustrating them with stories and voices of those who are working to improve experiences and outcomes for families that engage with the homeless system. The lessons revolve around eliminating structurally biased tools and processes, and investing and trusting in local organizations that have expertise serving the racial/ethnic communities that homelessness impacts the most.

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