Dallas Committee To Be Briefed on Homelessness Issues

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On Monday a Dallas committee will be briefed on a report which focuses on race and homelessness.

Nissy New, Vice President of Operations for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance says the data was gathered from 2011 to 2016.

The biggest takeaway according to New, African Americans by far suffer from homelessness, despite constituting nearly 19% of the Dallas population yet nearly 67% of the homeless population. Whites make up 63% of the general population but they constitute just under 30% of the homeless population.

New told NBC5 systemic racism is the reason and she cites years of disinvestment in their communities, lack of quality education, lack of healthy food resources, and economic mobility.

Findings from the report will be presented Monday morning to the City of Dallas Housing and Homeless Solutions Committee.