Statement on Racial Inequality and Action
Addressing racial inequality within our country and more specifically within the effort to end homelessness is a significant and complex process. The RTFH is committed to ensuring racial equity with the homeless crisis response system and working with the community to do so. The following includes recent steps the RTFH has taken to date to begin addressing a significant and long overdue discussion and problem. Further, the RTFH is committed to listening and engaging with partners, stakeholders, and community members on additional action as equity is core to the work of ending homelessness.
2019 CoC Racial Disparity Report
In 2019 the RTFH published a CoC Racial Disparity Report that built on an initial 2018 report, with the purposes of analyzing regional homelessness data from a race and ethnicity lens. Based on initial findings the report provides some initial considerations for the region to move forward with.
Racial Disparity Training
In 2019 the RTFH along with Pat Leslie, with Point Loma Nazarene University, provided a training and presentation on racial disparities to the CoC Membership Group. The training took a deeper dive into local data and similar to the Racial Disparity report began to outline considerations for future action.
Policy Guidelines for Regional Response for Addressing Unsheltered Homelessness and Encampments Throughout San Diego County
In January 2020, the RTFH adopted regional policy guidelines for addressing unsheltered homelessness and encampments. The policy recognizes the racial disparities that exist among San Diego’s unsheltered population and directs the region to use non-law enforcement personnel to provide street outreach services, promotes the use of a trauma-informed approach, and as part of the policies shared vision directs the region to address racial disparities through various actions
San Diego Youth Action Board
The San Diego Youth Action Board (YAB) is a diverse group of young people who want to improve the way San Diego responds to the needs of youth experiencing homelessness AND they are youth who have experienced homelessness or some type of unstable housing at some point in their lives.
The YAB uses what they learned from their life experiences to inform agencies, policymakers, and legislators on ways to work with youth experiencing homelessness and provide them with guidance on how to do it better.
Resources from National Partners:
The following includes resources from national partners on addressing racial inequity within the homeless response system:
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development:
National Alliance to End Homelessness:
- What Causes Homelessness Inequality
- Racial Equity Network Toolkit
- Racial Equity Network Action Steps
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness:
- Racial Equity: an Essential Component of Our Nations Homelessness Response
- LA’s Ad Hoc Committee of Black People Experiencing Homelessness Provides Roadmap for Equity Work
- Breaking New Ground by Focusing on Race
Funders Together to End Homelessness:
- There is No Low Hanging Fruit in Ending Anti-Blackness and Racism
- Committing to Action: Ending Homelessness by Committing to Racial Equity
Center for Social Innovation – Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities Phase 1 Findings