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From Our Federal Partners: Analyzing Racial Disparities in the Homelessness System Webinar – April 17, 2019 – 1 PM EDT

In collaboration with VHA Employee Education System, the VA’s National Center on Homelessness among Veterans is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This webinar will help homeless systems leaders and providers address racial disparities among people experiencing homelessness and promote more equitable outcomes.

Analyzing Racial Disparities in the Homelessness System: What You Should Know
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT
For audio use VANTS: 1-800 767-1750 Passcode: #22202 for audio to hear the presentation

Registration Link for non-VA Staff Registration Link for VA Staff

Background and Training Objectives

The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) tells us something that many in the field know by now: African Americans are glaringly overrepresented within the homelessness system. African Americans represent 13 percent of the general population, but account for 40 percent of people experiencing homelessness. Other racial groups and ethnicities are also overrepresented, but African Americans make up the largest group. Structural systems like criminal justice are widely believed to play a role in racial disparities, but it is also important to analyze the homelessness system itself and to make sure it does not perpetuate racial disparities as well.

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify implicit bias and its origins, including explicit bias
  2. Demonstrate innovations in hiring practices and service provision that can improve program outcomes for groups most impacted by homelessness
  3. Apply tools that can help communities analyze their data to identify and address any disparities in outreach, inflow, assessment, services, housing, or recidivism


  • Chan L. Crawford, PhD, Policy and Program Analyst, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC
  • Va Lecia Adams Kellum, PhD , President and CEO, St. Joseph Center, Venice, CA
  • Clifton J. Harris III, HMIS Director, VIA LINK, Inc., New Orleans, LA

For more information on education opportunities, please call Dr. Brenda W. Johnson, Education Coordinator, (813) 558-7629 or email Brenda.johnson4@va.gov.

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