COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Rehousing Activation and Racial Equity – HUD Exchange

Aggregated deaths from COVID-19 in these 40 states and the District of Columbia have reached new highs for all
groups:
1 in 1,850 Black Americans has died (or 54.6 per 100,000)
1 in 4,100 Asian and Latinx Americans has died (or 24.3 and 24.9, respectively, per 100,000)
1 in 4,400 White Americans has died (or 22.7 per 100,000)
Dramatic mortality disparities exist for Indigenous residents in the states of Arizona and New Mexico. In Arizona, the Indigenous mortality rate is more than five times the rate for all other groups, while in New Mexico, the
rate exceeds seven times all other groups. With 315 known deaths among Indigenous residents, these two states alone account for two-thirds of all known Indigenous deaths. Source: APM Research Lab
This overrepresentation of Black, Native, and Latinx people in America is replicated in homelessness numbers.
• Black people are 13% of the population, but 40% of those experiencing homelessness
• Native people are 1.3% of the population, but up to 10% of those experiencing homelessness in a number of states.
• Latinx-identified people are 18% of the population, but 22% of those experiencing homelessness.

Racial Equity
Racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, one’s housing, economic, and health outcomes. With racial equity, race would no longer be used to predict outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved. Racial equity includes addressing root causes of inequities, not just their outcomes. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or otherwise fail to address them. Racial equity is also a process. This means that Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color—those most impacted—are part of the decision-making about funding, policies and programs. Sources: Center for Assessment and Policy Development and Center for Social Inclusion

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