COHHIO’s Racial Equity Committee



Who we are

In 2017, COHHIO created a Race Equity Committee (REC) due to the continued disproportionality in of Black Indigenous People Of Color  (BIPOC), specifically African Americans in the homelessness and housing system. BIPOC in Ohio are 12% percent of the overall population but make up over 50% of the homelessness system. COHHIO’s REC committee began having the conversation and moving toward developing interventions aimed at addressing the inequities in Ohio homeless and housing system.

With COHHIO’s REC being internal facing, COHHIO helped create the external facing Race Equity Action Committee on Homelessness in Ohio (REACH Ohio). This diverse committee of providers, system and community leaders, advocates, and individuals with lived experience, developed goals centered around creating an equitable homeless system by:

  • focusing on equitable data analysis;
  • equitable system decision making;
  • equitable service delivery;
  • equitable training and technical assistance;
  • and cross system collaboration.

To this date, COHHIO has:

  • developed and implemented race equity trainings virtually and in-person,
  • developing guidance (Ohio/nationally),
  • provided technical assistance to providers,
  • developed tools to allocate funding equitably,
  • and developed equitable policy and procedures geared towards increasing equity in homeless systems standards.

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We commit to doing more.

COHHIO is committed to doing more than just talking about the issue. COHHIO has donated to the following organizations: Ohio Transformation Fund which is a collaborative fund developed by national and local funders advocating for healthy communities and an equitable democracy across Ohio. NAACP – Ohio ChapterThe Ohio Conference of Units of the NAACP has been a vital programmatic component of the NAACP for almost a century. Ohio Unity Coalition The Ohio Unity Coalition provides year round civic engagement, leadership development, and power building campaigns to empower Black and underserved communities, through our Unity Voter Empowerment Campaign and Ohio Black Women Roundtable.

We encourage you all to use your organizational resources towards making change.


Racial Equity Action Committee on Homelessness in Ohio

(R.E.A.C.H Ohio)

Across the state of Ohio, homeless services leaders are coming together to work out strategies to incorporate racial equity into our programs, data analysis, and goals.


We are committed to achieving racial equity in Ohio Homeless systems

  • We acknowledge that housing is a right and homelessness is unacceptable
  • We are focused on radical anti-racist change in pursuit of justice and equity
  • We are data- enlightened and person centered
  • We are courageous, inclusive and transparent in support of our mission

This will be achieved by committing to:

  1. All individuals connected to the homeless system have racial equity training.
  2. All agencies in the homeless system use a racial equity lens in all decision making.
  3. All individuals experiencing homelessness have an equitable experience in our system.
  4. All systems interacting with the homeless system work together to promote racial equity.
  5. Qualitative and quantitative data about housing and homelessness are collected and analyzed through a racial equity lens.
  6. All (advocacy) efforts to prevent and end homelessness are informed by racial equity.

Standing in Solidarity

COHHIO stands in solidarity with the protestors demanding justice for Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery as well as so many other Black Americans killed by police, many of them in Ohio. We remember and honor Julius Tate Jr., John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Henry Green and Tyre King, among others who lost their lives to the violence of racism, systemic inequality and police brutality in recent years.

COHHIO recognizes that to solve the crisis of racial inequality, an issue that relates to and affects our work to combat housing insecurity and homelessness; we must center the voices, needs and aspirations of the Black community in our strategies. Full statement

COHHIO stands firmly against all forces of white supremacist ideology and terror that has presented itself against Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans (APIDA). This has been a long nightmare in the land of the American Dream. The gruesome intersections of racism, sexism, and classism have left a wake of pain. See the full statement

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