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What is the Racial Equity Accountability Project?

By November 22, 2021 No Comments

The Northwest Continuum of Care announced the planned formation of this REAP Team last month. But while there is great excitement for what this team may be able to accomplish through the NWCoC, we have also been fielding some questions about what this team does and how it works.

We are still seeking applications for this great team, through December 8th, 2021.

The Minnesota Northwest Continuum of Care continues to seek applicants for the Racial Equity Accountability Project (REAP).

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation launched these applications on October 27th, 2021, and applications will be available until December 8th, 2021.

The racial disparities within the homeless response system are striking. Currently, African American, Indigenous, Latinx (o)(a), and households of color experience homelessness at a rate that is 7 to 8 times higher than their representation within the general population. In 2020, nearly 72% of chronically homeless youth in Northwest Minnesota were indigenous.

This project seeks to advance racial justice and reduce disparities in Northwest Minnesota’s homeless response system by establishing a team of leaders to direct the decision-making process for the Northwest Continuum of Care. This includes reviewing the homeless response network’s system of coordinated entry, and partnering with community leaders to dismantle instances of systemic racism specific to homelessness.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. If eligible, members will be compensated for their time at the rate of $25.00 per hour. All participating members will be compensated for costs incurred while participating in monthly meetings (child care, transportation, travel expenses, etc.). members should expect to spend a maximum of 8 hours per month on the Racial Equity Accountability Project. Monthly meetings will be held online, with in-person attendance optional, based on COVID-19 guidelines.

To learn how to apply, please visit the Northwest Continuum of Care’s website: www.nwmf.org/resources/strategic-partnerships/nwcoc/

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