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    Race Matters in Addressing Homelessness: A Scoping Review and Call for Critical Research

    American Journal of Community Psychology

    Year: 2023

    Structural racism contributes to homelessness in the United States, as evidenced
    by the stark racial disparities in who experiences it. This paper reviews research at
    the intersections of race and homelessness to advance efforts to understand and
    address racial inequities. Part 1 offers a synthesis of homelessness research from
    the 1980s to 2015, where several scholars examined the role of race and racism
    despite mainstream efforts to present the issue as race‐neutral. Part 2 presents the
    results of a systematic scoping review of research at the intersections of race and
    homelessness from 2016 to 2021. The 90 articles included demonstrate a growing,
    multidisciplinary body of literature that documents how needs and trajectories of
    people experiencing homelessness differ by race, examines how the racialized
    structuring of society contributes to homelessness risk, and explores how
    programs, policies, and grassroots action can address inequities. In addition to
    charting findings and implications, included studies are appraised against research
    principles developed by Critical Race Theory scholars, mapping the potential of
    existing research on race and homelessness to challenge racism.

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