SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities

People of color are dramatically more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the United States. Addressing racial inequities in homelessness means fundamentally changing the conversation we are having about the root causes of housing instability, risk for homelessness, barriers to exiting homelessness, and access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility for people of color.

In September 2016, we launched SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) to understand and respond to racial inequities in homelessness. Through research and action in six communities, SPARC has begun a national conversation about racial equity in the homelessness sector. SPARC is an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation in partnership with The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth and with support from the Oak Foundation.

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Meet the SPARC Team

Cannon Regina Cannon, M.S., SPARC Director, Chief Equity and Impact Officer
Olivet Jeff Olivet, M.A.,
Senior Advisor

Maya Beit-Arie, B.A., Project Coordinator
De La Rosa Ana Maria De La Rosa, M.A., Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
Keisha Edwards, B.A., Senior Associate
Cheri Epps, M.S.W., Training and Technical Assistance Specialist

Kathleen FerreiraKathleen Ferreira, Ph.D., Research Technical Advisor

Livny Ayala Livny, M.Ed., Trainer

McAdoo Lonnie McAdoo, B.F.A., Trainer

Moore Nastacia’ Moore, B.A., Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Olortegui Rosa Maria Olortegui, M.A., Field Researcher

Richard Molly Richard, B.A.,
Research Coordinator

Tripp Julia Tripp, B.A., Field Researcher
Wilkey Catriona Wilkey, M.P.H., M.S.W., Research Manager

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New Research from SPARC

SPARC Phase One Study 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.

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

Listen as We Discuss Racism & Homelessness

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.

Learn More about Racial Inequities & Homelessness

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 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