More than half a million of our friends, family and neighbors live without a safe place to call home, with many more expected to become homeless due to COVID-related job losses and high housing costs. Data show that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) with extremely low incomes bear the greatest burden of homelessness and unstable housing. Black Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population but account for 40% of all people living without a home, and landlords file evictions against Black renters at nearly double the rate of white renters.
When we thought deeply about the populations most impacted and examined the root causes of these disparities, we recognized that we will never end homelessness if we do not focus on BIPOC with extremely low incomes.
Therefore, to ensure we are making the greatest impact, we are shifting our grantmaking strategy to focus on BIPOC with extremely low incomes. Our grants, when examined as a group, will help address three root causes of homelessness:
- Lack of rapid pathways to decent, permanent housing for people experiencing and at risk of homelessness;
- Insufficient income and assets that create housing instability and expand the racial wealth gap; and
- Racist housing, zoning and land use policies that perpetuate housing instability and homelessness.
These root causes draw on the Trust’s expertise, capacity and existing partnerships and will serve as an important guide for our work going forward.
Below is our Theory of Change, which outlines our new strategy.
We are revising our website to reflect our new strategy and look forward to sharing it with you in the summer.