Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness

Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness

Systemic racism is a critical factor contributing to racial disparities in the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County, a report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness finds. Funded by the California Community, Conrad N. Hilton, and Weingart foundations; Enterprise Community Partners; and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness (115 pages, PDF) found that in 2017 African Americans comprised 40 percent of the homeless population in the county, even though they account for only 9 percent of the county's residents, and that institutional and structural racism in education, criminal justice, housing, employment, health care, and access to other opportunities plays an undeniable role in that disparity. Highlighting such factors as the affordable housing crisis, low and/or falling wages, the need for empathy in outreach and case management services, the committee calls for including African Americans with lived experience of homelessness in all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of homelessness programs, as well as in service delivery. Recommendations include improving data collection, analysis, and research; advancing racially equitable policies, programs, and funding across institutions; enhancing cross-system collaboration to more effectively prevent and reduce homelessness and improve housing retention and stability; expanding capacity building and training for service providers; and targeting investments and funding to initiatives aimed at reducing racial disparities.