In 2010, black families made up 38.8% of the shelter populations, but only 12.3% of the population overall. That means 1 in every 141 black families stayed in a homeless shelter in 2010.
White families, on the other hand, occupied 28.6% of shelter beds, while they account for 63.7% of all American families in 2010. Only 1 in 990 white families stayed in a shelter that year.
Black families are also more likely to be in poverty than their white counterparts. In 2010, nearly one-quarter of black families were poor, compared to 7.1% of white families.