Advancing Racial Equity in LA County’s Homeless Services System

Los Angeles County is celebrated for its diverse mix of nationalities, cultures, identities, and languages. This cultural richness is stifled by stark racial and socioeconomic inequities that manifest in disparities in health, economic mobility, housing, and homelessness—particularly for communities of color. Black/African American people made up 40% of the total population experiencing homelessness yet composed only 9% of the total census population for Los Angeles County. In 2020, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously established an anti-racism initiative recognizing that racism against Black people results in these significant disparities. This historic motion created the Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative with eight core directives, including developing an action plan to implement the 67 recommendations developed by the Ad-Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness (BPEH).

The Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office (CEO) will partner with FUSE Corps to support the coordination and alignment of ARDI’s efforts to reduce disparities in housing and homeless and support the implementation of the BPEH recommendations. The FUSE Executive Fellow will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, cross-sector partners, and County departments to facilitate the implementation of transformative strategies that advance racial equity throughout the County’s homelessness services system. 

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