This paper examines the determinants of the disproportionate rate of entry into shelters by Blacks and Native American families in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Using administrative data on a cohort of families who entered Food Support in 2008-2010, it shows that Blacks are 3.1 times more likely and Native Americans are 2.7 times more likely to enter shelter than other families on Food Support. After controlling for family demographic characteristics, service use, income, and residential location, Blacks remain 2.2 times more likely and Native American remain 1.8 times more likely to enter family shelters. The remaining differentials may reflect unmeasured factors, such as differences in access to affordable housing and to financial and social supports.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Homelessness|
|Subtitle of host publication||Prevalence, Impact of Social Factors and Mental Health Challenges|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2014|