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Study says addressing racial inequity could reduce homelessness in Alameda County

Concludes investing $824 million to overhaul system is key

Alameda County could make dramatic reductions in homelessness in three years by prioritizing programs that promote racial equity -- and investing $824 million -- according to a report released last week by the county.

"Centering Racial Equity in Homeless System Design" was produced by a consortium of Alameda County homelessness advocates, policy experts and service providers, and it was published by EveryOne Home, Alameda County's collective impact initiative to end homelessness.

The report said great gains could be made by focusing on preventing Black and Native American residents from falling into homelessness. People in those two groups are homeless at a rate four times higher than the general population.

"Our quantitative and qualitative research demonstrates that structural racism is at the root of poverty and housing insecurity," said Chelsea Andrews, executive director of EveryOne Home. "The systemic causes of homelessness exceedingly affect Black and Native Americans and these citizens are disproportionately impacted."

Andrews said the report includes a groundbreaking model of how to reduce homelessness in the county.

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"The strategies, programs, and pathways we developed will ensure that disparities are not perpetuated and that the needs of all citizens of Alameda County are reflected," she said.

The report's authors say the overhaul is necessary to address the key driver of systemic homelessness: systemic racism.

"To end homelessness, we must end the systems that perpetuate it, and those begin with structural and systemic racism," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who co-chaired the body that created the report.

The authors of the report estimated $824 million was the cost to overhaul the status quo and design a new system that prioritizes racial equity.

The report is available online here.

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Study says addressing racial inequity could reduce homelessness in Alameda County

Concludes investing $824 million to overhaul system is key

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Uploaded: Mon, May 3, 2021, 10:09 pm

Alameda County could make dramatic reductions in homelessness in three years by prioritizing programs that promote racial equity -- and investing $824 million -- according to a report released last week by the county.

"Centering Racial Equity in Homeless System Design" was produced by a consortium of Alameda County homelessness advocates, policy experts and service providers, and it was published by EveryOne Home, Alameda County's collective impact initiative to end homelessness.

The report said great gains could be made by focusing on preventing Black and Native American residents from falling into homelessness. People in those two groups are homeless at a rate four times higher than the general population.

"Our quantitative and qualitative research demonstrates that structural racism is at the root of poverty and housing insecurity," said Chelsea Andrews, executive director of EveryOne Home. "The systemic causes of homelessness exceedingly affect Black and Native Americans and these citizens are disproportionately impacted."

Andrews said the report includes a groundbreaking model of how to reduce homelessness in the county.

"The strategies, programs, and pathways we developed will ensure that disparities are not perpetuated and that the needs of all citizens of Alameda County are reflected," she said.

The report's authors say the overhaul is necessary to address the key driver of systemic homelessness: systemic racism.

"To end homelessness, we must end the systems that perpetuate it, and those begin with structural and systemic racism," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who co-chaired the body that created the report.

The authors of the report estimated $824 million was the cost to overhaul the status quo and design a new system that prioritizes racial equity.

The report is available online here.

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Jake Waters
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Birdland
on May 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on May 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm

“To end homelessness, we must end the systems that perpetuate it, and those begin with structural and systemic racism," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who co-chaired the body that created the report.- says the person that runs the largest third world dump just north of us.

In order to receive a pallet full of cash wrapped in plastic similar to what Obama sent to Iran during his second term, all you have to do as a Social Justice Warrior is just mention systemic racism as the root cause. You don’t have to define it or substantiate any facts to causation. Just shy of a billion dollars ought to cleanse that systemic stench from the atmosphere, or at least help some of the execs in the foundation buy a few homes on the coast.

Have you notice the trend going on since this administration took over? We are talking BIG time extortion and shakedown of society not seen even at the level of Jesse Jackson during the 80’s. Oh, and talking about a billion dollars for these feelings that the left needs to acquire, what happened to the billion dollars that Gavin gave to the Communist ‘gone bust car maker’ in China? We are bleeding printed money in this country, but we’re not allowed to ask questions. Just poney up the increased taxes we are going to pay and close your eyes.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on May 4, 2021 at 9:45 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 4, 2021 at 9:45 pm

There was literally no substance reported in that article.

It was like a political buzzword bingo “got to find a way to win with homelessness and systemic racism in the same response”

I’m sure however we’ll soon be told $824m is not enough to stop the elusive systemic racist home stealing bandit.


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