This report seeks to involve staff at all levels who work to end homelessness in the state of Connecticut. By sharing our work, we hope to: affirm the intersection between race and homelessness, detail our process to address racism within our sector, invite you to engage in a deeper understanding of the roles we each play in maintaining and dismantling structural racism, and lastly, offer a race equity path for us to move forward on together.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) are over-represented in national and Connecticut homelessness statistics due to the historical legacy and persistence of structural racism. With the guidance of CSH and several partner organizations, the Connecticut Collaborative for Race Equity (the Collaborative) sought to develop a framework to address racial disparity in the housing and homelessness sector. The Collaborative engaged in a collective learning, listening, and human-centered design process to center the voices of BIPoC in order to create a race equity framework to advance equitable access to housing resources and services for homeless and high need individuals and families.