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Racial Equity Learning Series


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Full program description

Most minority groups are overrepresented in the homelessness system, with African Americans making up the largest group. While they make up only 13 percent of the population, they represent 40 percent of people experiencing homelessness. African Americans also account for more than 50 percent of families with children experiencing homelessness. These disparate numbers have begun to spark action at both the local and national levels: many in the field are starting to grapple with racial disparities and homelessness. The National Alliance to Ending Homelessness (NAEH) has developed the Racial Equity Learning Series to help advance racial equity in the homelessness system.

The Racial Equity Learning Series is an online series of courses to provide tools and materials to help communities center racial equity in the homelessness response. This three-part series will include courses by Alliance staff and other experts on addressing racial disparities among people experiencing homelessness. The first course will provide an overview of the racial demography of homelessness and explain its historic and ongoing structural causes. The second course will introduce the Racial Equity Tool developed by the Alliance's Racial Equity Network (REN) and provide a training on its use for both program and system administrators. The final course will explore the Action Steps developed by the REN that programs and systems can implement to address racial disparities among people experiencing homelessness in their communities. This series includes courses, optional material, and supplemental resources. 

The Racial Equity Learning Series offers support to new and existing program and system level staff in their efforts to:

  • understand the connection between structural racism and the overrepresentation of certain racial and ethnic groups in the homelessness system
  • understand the importance of data collection and analysis to identify potential racial disparities within the homeless system
  • develop practical approaches to addressing racial disparities in homelessness programs or systems

Students will have access to each course in this series for 90 days. 

Self-paced courses in the Learning Series include:

Understanding How We Got Here: How Historic and Ongoing Structural Racism Create Racial Disparities in Homelessness

  • Due to the ongoing legacy of slavery and colonialism, African-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders are significantly over-represented among people experiencing homelessness. This course explores historical racism and how it manifests today to create racial disparities in homelessness systems and programs.

Using Data to Analyze Racial Disparities in the Homelessness System

  • The Alliance’s Racial Equity Network (REN) is a group of local and state systems and program leaders and advocates that work to improve practices, data collection, and action steps to address racial disparities in homelessness. The REN created a simple tool to measure racial disparities in key parts of the homelessness system. This course explains the REN tool and other data tools to collect data on and analyze racial disparities.

Action Steps to Address Racial Disparities in Homelessness Systems and Programs

  • As communities begin to analyze racial disparities in their homelessness programs and systems, they must also work to address those disparities and build equitable programs and systems to end homelessness. The Alliance’s Racial Equity Network (REN) has also developed some short- and long-term action steps that communities can take to achieve that goal. This course explores those actions steps and provides an opportunity to learn how they can be implemented at the system and program levels.

Course Details:

  • No prior knowledge of topic required to enroll in the program.
  • The three courses can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes, each.
  • Can access courses from smartphone, tablet, and desktop.
  • Participants will be able to access each course within the Learning Series for 90 days.
  • Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for completion of all three courses in the Learning Series (CEU's are not provided).

Discounted Course/Refund Policies:

Refund Policy - for more information and/or to apply for a course refund please visit see our policy here.

Course Discount - The Alliance has limited funds available to offer free or reduced cost courses to people and organizations with limited financial flexibility. There is no guarantee a course will be free or reduced. Each request is evaluated individually and granted based on availability of resources. If you are currently experiencing homelessness or have experience homelessness within the last five years, your 501c3 organization's operating budget is less than $500K, or your 501c3 organization's operating budget is between $500K and $1M and would like to register five or more individuals, please see more information on how to apply for a discounted course(s) here.