Memo to Joint Office of Homeless Services regarding Phase II of Points in Time Count 2017

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Memo to Joint Office of Homeless Services regarding Phase II of Points in Time Count 2017

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Memo to Joint Office of Homeless Services regarding Phase II of Points in Time Count 2017

The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) are excited about the JOHS moving beyond the HUD definition of homelessness to recognize the less visible ways in which communities of color are impacted by housing instability and homelessness. We support redressal of undercounting of communities of color in homelessness. We urge JOHS to be mindful about research and data gathering about communities of color being led by communities of color. We see the JOHS’ recognition of expanding the definition of homelessness to include doubled-up, couch surfing and overcrowding experiences as an opportunity to decolonize the manner in which data about communities of color has been collected and analyzed. We also recommend that the manner in which JOHS engages with experiences of homelessness particularly by communities of color be cognizant of the fact that people experience homelessness due to a variety of factors that feed into housing instability. We have to see beyond traditional and mainstream housing/shelter providers to partner with community based and culturally specific organizations that seek to address root causes of housing instability.