Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Tamara Wright

Regional Coordinator | U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Tamara is located in Phoenix and has been in public service, both locally and federally, for 13 years. She became a regional coordinator for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she managed grants that reduced and ended veteran homelessness for 8 years. At the national nonprofit Community Solutions, she addressed systemic barriers to ending veteran homelessness in Phoenix. Tamara also served as chair of the metro area’s Continuum of Care board, leader of the Coordinated Entry Subcommittee, and a leading member of both the Ending Veteran Homelessness Workgroup and Racial Equity Workgroup.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Embedding Equity in a Federal Response to Prevent and End Homelessness

SICH’s Plan centers Leading With Equity as a key pillar that also undergirds identified strategic actions across all other pillars. Through this Plan, USICH will collaborate with federal partners, people with lived expertise, and community partners to embed equity across data collection and evidence generation, cross-sector collaboration, homelessness prevention and emergency response, and the provision of housing and services. We know racial equity is a priority for this administration and with homelessness, we want to examine and challenge existing norms, policies, and practices that have and continue to perpetuate stark and persistent racial disparities to promote intentionality and accountability.

As part of the forthcoming dissemination and implementation strategy of the Plan with a diverse set of partners, USICH hopes for the opportunity to engage with Race Forward conference participants in a breakout session focused on strategic planning, speaking truth to power, and better understanding on-the-ground barriers and successes to disrupting profound racial and other disparities in homelessness and other mainstream systems.

After providing detail on USICH’s internal equity work as well as the creation of the Plan and its contents, USICH and federal partners seek to learn from conference perspectives about how to shift narratives, programs, and policies to recognize and commit to eliminating racial and other disparities through facilitated discussion and small group strategic planning. As part of this process of listening and learning, we commit to uplifting and embedding the lived expertise of conference participants across research, policy, and practice in our numerous strategies outlined in the Plan.

Speakers: Tamara Wright, Nichele J. Carver