Homes 4 the Homeless

Ben Bartlett: “The stakes are our freedom!”

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Protests across the country over the death of George Floyd have highlighted continuing racial discrepancies in the United States and need for reforms. The issue of homelessness in particular has disproportionately affected minority and historically underserved communities. 

HUD estimates that while African Americans comprise 13% of the US population and 26% of those living in poverty, they account for more than 40% of the overall homeless population. A recent LA Times article reported 21,509 Black people were without permanent, habitable housing during the homeless census count in January — 34% of Los Angeles’ homeless population of 64,000 in a county where only 8% of residents are African American. 

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