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    Deploying Social Innovation Models for Anti-Racist Practices: Lessons from Homelessness Research in Los Angeles

    Currents: Journal of Diversity Scholarship for Social Change

    Year: 2023

    Racism is a primary driver of homelessness (National Alliance for Ending Homelessness, 2019Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 2018). Across the United States, Black Americans are more likely to experience homelessness than white Americans, and the Los Angeles region is no exception (National Alliance for Ending Homelessness, 2019). Over the last five years, Black people have made up 30% to 40% of the population experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County despite accounting for only 9% of the population (Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, 2022). As a result, the Los Angeles Homelessness Service Authority established an ad hoc committee on Black people experiencing homelessness to investigate these racial disparities and their root causes.

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