Myth: Race has nothing to do with homelessness
Fact: African-Americans make up 13 percent of the general population, but 21 percent of people living in poverty in the United States are black (1), African-Americans account for 40 percent of people experiencing homelessness — and half of homeless families with children (2).
1. US Census2. 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), produced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. American Indians also are overrepresented in the homeless population. .
Local Research and Data
- Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) Report on Pierce County, WA
- See attached data slide: Homelessness and County Population by Race compiled by Pierce County CCS data Manager, Henry (Hank) Nolls.