On Tuesday, November 27, Heading Home Hennepin’s annual event launched activities to address racial inequities and homelessness in Hennepin County, MN.

People of color are dramatically more likely than white people to experience homelessness in the U.S. C4’s SPARC initiative is collaborating with partners in Hennepin County to document who experiences homelessness and implement solutions.

The event was sponsored by Heading Home Hennepin and Hennepin County’s Office to End Homelessness. Speakers and participants included Mayor Jacob Frey, City of Minneapolis; David Hewitt, director of Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness; Jennifer Ho; Robert Lilligren, president of Native American Community Development Institute; Jeff Olivet, C4’s Senior Advisor; and Alex Tittle, Hennepin County disparity reduction director. The event also featured a performance by the Mill City Players, a group of teens who have experienced homelessness.

SPARC research has documented the impact of systemic racism on homelessness and shows that no effort to eradicate homelessness can be effective without addressing this intersection.

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.