Many people experiencing homelessness have complex and overlapping challenges in their lives, including histories of trauma, violence, or abuse.
The questions that you will be asking in this interview are sensitive and may lead to respondents revisiting difficult memories from their past.
A critical, trauma-informed step is to review all training materials before October 26 and to practice the interview at least once with someone you know. This will help you become familiar and comfortable with the questions, which will ultimately help to put respondents at ease during the interview.
In addition, homelessness disproportionately impacts people of color.
Racist and discriminatory economic and housing policies (such as redlining), along with generational poverty, continue to play a role in the overrepresentation of African American and American Indian people in the homeless population.
These resources outline historical trauma and discuss how it impacts the well-being of African American and American Indian communities today: