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SPARC:Tacoma/Pierce County

Racial and ethnic minorities experience homelessness in greater numbers and for longer durations. Through research and action, SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) is a catalyst for national anti-racism systems transformation.

Addressing racism and racial inequity in homelessness means fundamentally changing the conversation we are having in America about the root causes of housing instability, risk for homelessness, and barriers to exiting homelessness for people of color. As we initiate dialogue nationally, it is critical to engage policymakers, service providers, and people with lived experience to understand how racism impacts homelessness.

SPARC is an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation in partnership with The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth. With support from the Oak Foundation and others, the SPARC team is launching a multi-city initiative to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, hold public discussions and forums, train providers and activists, and collaborate with leadership in systems of housing, health care, education, and criminal justice.

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