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During our June call, we heard from Lisa Coffman at HUD and Joe Savage at USICH about the racial equity work their agencies are undertaking. Lisa shared some information about the upcoming NOFA and her thoughts on how funders can be good partners in this work. Joe shared a bit about USICH's upcoming racial equity guide and what kind of support he thinks CoCs can use related to addressing racial disparities in the homelessness system.
- Give some thought about whether there’s anything related to racial equity and homelessness work you’re doing that you think would be good to share with HUD or USICH. During introductions, there will be some time to share one answer per organization.
Resources Mentioned during the Call
- Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness
- A Way Home Canada project being co-supported by PetSmart Charities Canada
- A Way Home America Grand Challenge
- HUD CoC racial equity analysis tool
- NAEH tool to help communities look at program data (click link on page to download): https://endhomelessness.org/resource/the-alliances-racial-equity-network-toolkit/
Questions from Your Peers
- From Russ: What communities are starting to look at the VI-SPDAT with a racial equity lens?
- Los Angeles, King County, Santa Clara
- From Michael: I’m curious what people are hearing about the shift toward coordinated access - some partners I talk to think that despite the good intention behind this it can mean POC are not well served or miss out on opportunities to get help.
- HUD would be interested in hearing about that, too. Understanding that communities may think that they will be penalized for being candid with us, they will not be. We want to hear what people are finding as they use coordinated entry.
- From Julie: What jurisdictions avail themselves of Category 3?
- From Christy: Have you seen effective models for bringing people of color with lived experience to key philanthropy tables? I'm all for holding agencies accountable, but we as a sector need to get our own houses in order as well.
- Julie: my grantmaking board is comprised of all but one POC most are PWLEH; this board is the pipeline for our Board of Trustees- happy to talk
Call recording below: