Racial Equity

The Continuum of Care (CoC) provides services to the homeless community with programs
that provide Shelter, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing, of homeless persons. We
analyzed our program participant data from HMIS to determine if all demographic groups
were able to access services in equal proportion to their demographics in the homeless
population. We did find that homelessness effected persons of color at a higher rate than the baseline demographics of persons who live in our region.

HUD has released a tool to help look at demographic data for our region.
Our CoC number on the dashboard is VA-513 – please see the CoC Analysis tool 2.1
LINK: https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5787/coc-analysis-tool-race-and-ethnicity/

  • Equity Assessment Resource for Homeless System Response
    The COVID-19 crisis has upended our lives, changing the way we offer and deliver services and challenging us in unimaginable ways. However, this crisis also presents cities, counties, states, Continuums of Care (CoCs), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients and subrecipients with an opportunity to transform our homeless response systems into systems that ensure all… Continue Reading Racial Equity
  • Western Virginia CoC Statement against Racial Discrimination
    The Western Virginia Continuum of Care is against all forms of racism, racial discrimination, and oppression on the basis of race. We stand in solidarity with our black American brothers and sisters, as well as all those working to end racial inequality in our nation. The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many other… Continue Reading Racial Equity