In October 2020, BARHII, Homebase, All Home, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco launched the Racial Equity Action Lab (REAL) to advance racial equity in Bay Area homelessness systems. For the next eight months, these partners convened, trained, and supported seven interdisciplinary county-based teams focused on reducing racial inequities among unhoused people—especially those at elevated risk of COVID-19 and the disproportionate number of Black people who are unhoused in the Bay Area.
On January 13th, we will once again be bringing together teams of the Racial Equity Action Lab (REAL) for a reunion event. In anticipation of this event, we are releasing our summary report of the lab, Institutionalizing Racial Equity in Bay Area Homelessness Systems: Recommendations and Actions from the Racial Equity Action Lab. The report contains recommendations from our lived expertise session, summaries of proposed projects, and our Action Menu of local and regional strategies to address racial equity. We hope it can provide a warm reminder of the work that was done and serve as inspiration going forward.