Over the past year the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has been highlighting promising practices from the field on how to better understand and address the overrepresentation of people of color among those experiencing homelessness. In November 2017 USICH discussed using GIS mapping to help address disparities in homelessness assistance. The USICH post discussed the use of GIS to analyze local demographic patterns in homelessness and system performance trends.
The CoC Racial Equity Analysis Tool can help identify racial disparities in your system. The racial distributions of people living in poverty by race and ethnicity, age, and veteran status are sourced from the American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015 5-year estimates. The CoC level estimates were determined from Block Group (BG) estimates along with a BG-to-CoC crosswalk. The number of people in a state and the Your Point in Time 2017 data from the AHAR lists the numbers of people experiencing homelessness by the same demographic categories.