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Report Finds Black Families Greatly Overrepresented Among U.S. Homeless – COLORLINES (Participation)

March 3, 2012

In 2010, one out of every 141 black family members stayed in a homeless shelter, a rate seven times higher than members of white families, according to “Intergenerational Disparities Experienced by Homeless Black Families,” a report released today by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. “The unfortunate fact is that black families in the United States are much more likely to experience poverty than their white counterparts, and are overwhelmingly represented in homeless shelters throughout the country,” said ICPH President and CEO Ralph da Costa Nunez. “This report raises the question of how family homelessness has moved beyond simply a poverty issue and become a racial one.”

In 2010, nearly one-quarter (23.3%) of black families lived in poverty, three times the rate of white families (7.1%). Black persons in families make up 12.1% of the U.S. family population, but represented 38.8% of sheltered persons in families in 2010. In comparison, 65.8% of persons in families in the general population are white, while white family members only occupied 28.6% of family shelter beds in 2010.


via Report Finds Black Families Greatly Overrepresented Among U.S. Homeless – COLORLINES.


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  1. Olivia Newhouse permalink

    These statistics demonstrate how our society sees race as a bigger issue in why a certain group is more likely put into poverty. I believe we need to find a way to help black families get out of poverty if they are 7 times more likely then white families.

  2. Kyla Chappell permalink

    This research shows that something needs to be done to fix these statistics. Why are blacks more likely than whites to live in poverty? Why are there more black families occupying homeless shelters than white families? What is going on with our society that causes these statistics? I believe if people are putting effort into researching this information than they should also be putting an effort into fixing it.

  3. Kaylie DeWitte permalink

    It’s so sad to see that the majority of the people living in homeless shelters are black families. They have just as good of a shot as anyone on this planet to be living in their own home. This issue reminds me of what we talked about in class a while ago with real estate lenders charging more on mortgages and house payments to black families than white families because of their unconscious race perception. So many people can be racist without even realizing what they’re doing. Sometimes it can be something small like a racial joke, but when it’s something huge like this and causing black families to live in homeless shelters, then that’s a definite sign that racism has gone too far. It’s been engraved in our brains to act this way and it’s hurting people in the process. We are all Americans in this country and everyone deserves a right to be happy and not go through losing a home. They also may be in homeless shelters because of that statistic about white families having eight times the net worth as black families. Black families have to work so much harder to earn their deserved life. How is that equal? I know that white families wouldn’t like to see those types of statistics against them. I think people need to put themselves in other people’s shoes and really get a sense of what that person’s life is like and ask themselves if they’d want that lifestyle. Most would say no seeing that nearly one-quarter of black families live in poverty. It’s just so astonishing to see how the world and society has turned out. There is so much racism out there that it’s causing others to live in despair and poverty stricken areas. Something has to change.

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