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Racism especially permeates the two systems central to the Council’s work: health care and housing. The crisis of homelessness would not exist but for the history of slavery, genocide, and white supremacist public policy. That 40% of the homeless population is Black/African American, though just 13% of the general US population, is no accident; it is the legacy of oppression. Moreover, research continues to substantiate what people of color have already known, that systemic and interpersonal racism in the health care industry leads to disparate health outcomes for people of color. If we are serious about ending homelessness and achieving health equity, we must center racial justice.

The Council has come to this far too late, but we are beginning to confront the reality that if we (and our members) do not actively resist racism in our work, we are complicit in racial inequity. Our external work on this includes a learning collaborative on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which collected the following resources that span from historical housing segregation to countering bias in hiring. They focus on institutional and systemic issues, rather than interpersonal racism and individual privilege. If you have any questions or suggestions about these materials, please contact us.


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