C4’s SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) initiative released a new research report today documenting how people of color are dramatically more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the US.

This is the result of centuries of structural racism that have excluded historically oppressed people–particularly Black Americans and Native Americans–from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility. The report calls for an ambitious, focused confrontation of structural racism to address significant disparities in who becomes homeless in America. No effort to eradicate homelessness can be effective without addressing this intersection. Read more.

The Center for Social Innovation promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people. We focus on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, mental health, and substance use disorders. Using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology, we help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work. Learn more about the SPARC initiative.