Race-based data from Metro Vancouver homeless count shows systems failing people of colour: advocate

December 3, 2020

By News 1130 |

For the first time, the 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver included race-based data proving there need to be more resources dedicated to supporting communities of colour, according to one advocate.

The data shows Black people are particularly overrepresented among racialized groups experiencing homelessness, as are people of Latin and Arab descent.

Dr. June Francis with the Hogan’s Alley Society is calling on the province to develop homelessness programs that don’t assume a “white normative.”

“We need to protect racialized communities by having specific programs targeted to support racialized communities, in the ways that they need to be supported,” she says.

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