SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities

Racial and ethnic minorities experience homelessness in greater numbers and for longer durations. Through research and action, SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) is a catalyst for national anti-racism systems transformation.

Addressing racism and racial inequity in homelessness means fundamentally changing the conversation we are having in America about the root causes of housing instability, risk for homelessness, and barriers to exiting homelessness for people of color. As we initiate dialogue nationally, it is critical to engage policymakers, service providers, and people with lived experience to understand how racism impacts homelessness.

SPARC is an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation in partnership with The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth. With support from the Oak Foundation and others, the SPARC team is launching a multi-city initiative to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, hold public discussions and forums, train providers and activists, and collaborate with leadership in systems of housing, health care, education, and criminal justice.

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Meet the SPARC Team

Olivet Jeff Olivet, M.A.,
Principal Investigator
Dones Marc Dones, B.A.,
Project Director
Richard Molly Richard, B.A.,
Assistant Project Director

Maya Beit-Arie, B.A., Project Assistant
Kathleen FerreiraKathleen Ferreira, Ph.D., Research Technical Advisor
Lunise Joseph, M.P.H., Executive Assistant
Livny Ayala Livny, M.Ed., Trainer
McAdoo Lonnie McAdoo, B.F.A., Trainer

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New Research: Phase One Findings

New research from SPARC documents that people of color are dramatically more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the US. The message is clear: to end homelessness, we must confront structural racism. The report offers strategies for organizational leaders, researchers, policymakers, and community members. Read more.

6 Steps to End Racial Inequity in Housing & Homelessness

Justice is Not Something You Pray For. It’s Something You Implement.


Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones tackle the complexities and paradoxes of race as it relates to homelessness.

Marc Dones and Jeff Olivet discuss possible solutions to racism and homelessness.

Amanda Andere from Funders Together to End Homelessness and David Wertheimer of the Gates Foundation join Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones to talk about philanthropy as a driving force for change around racism and homelessness.

Blog Posts

Read Marc Dones and Jeff Olivet’s remarks at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness (July 18, 2017):

Justice is Not Something You Pray For. It’s Something You Implement.

Read Jeff Olivet’s thoughts about the links between racism & homelessness on Huffington Post:

Homelessness, Racism, and Social Justice

Homelessness is a Symptom of Racism

Fixing the Structural Causes of Homelessness

Read Marc Dones’ reflections on advancing justice and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on t3 Threads:

Advancing Justice: Act Now!

Read a transcript of comments by Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones during a White House Policy Briefing on Ending Youth Homelessness sponsored by The White House, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and True Colors Fund:

Open Our Eyes, Open Our Mouths

History of Housing Segregation

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