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Webinar: Racial Discrimination in the Lives of Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

Friday, February 28 | 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

Every year, over 2.5 million people experience homelessness in the United States. We know that people of color, and especially Black people, are overrepresented in the homelessness system. Black people make up 40% of the homelessness population, and nearly 17% of older Black adults have experienced homelessness within their lifetimes. While important to disaggregate data by race, we must also understand the factors that drive these disparities.

New research from the HOPE HOME study in Oakland, CA examines the relationship between race, racial discrimination, and the experience of homelessness for older adults. In his research, Dereck Paul, an MD candidate at the UCSF School of Medicine, identified how structural racism contributed to study participants becoming or staying homeless and how structural racism may increase susceptibility to homelessness.

Join this webinar to hear the findings from the HOPE HOME study and to learn how the relationships between racial discrimination and homelessness can serve as focal points for policies aimed at preventing homelessness. This webinar will not be recorded. Slides will be available post-webinar to full members of Funders Together.


  • Dereck W. Paul, Jr., MD Candidate, UCSF School of Medicine

Please note that participation in this webinar is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness. 

February 28, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2pm
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