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How Racism Underpins the U.S.’ Homelessness Problem – The Boston Globe

How Racism Underpins the U.S.’ Homelessness Problem – The Boston Globe

 

Homelessness in the U.S. is a public health crisis. In 2022, more than 582,000 Americans became unhoused, a number that has risen every year since 2017.However, not all Americans are equally likely to experience homelessness. Black Californians are nearly four times more likely than White residents, echoing troubling trends seen across the country.These findings confirm that Black households are disproportionately vulnerable to displacement that can then turn into homelessness. To understand why, we must look at the impact of structural, institutional and interpersonal racism on housing, the criminal legal system and education.American cities embody explicit racist covenants between government policies, banks… 

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