Want to Eliminate Black Homelessness? Do Something.

By | March 7, 2012

Black families are seven times more likely than whites to end up homeless, according to new research, but sources say the Black community can make a difference.

The report, “Intergenerational Disparities Experienced by Homeless Black Families,” released by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness found that in 2010, one out of every 141 Black family members stayed in a homeless shelter, a rate more than quadruple that of white family members. Additionally, in the same year, nearly one-quarter (23.3%) of Black families lived in poverty, three times the rate of white families.

Experts say prejudice and barriers lead to higher rates of poverty and unemployment, lower educational attainment and ultimately homelessness for Blacks, but numbers can be reversed. (BET)

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