COVID-19 forced King County to change its homelessness system. And almost by accident, housing referrals for Black people are going up.

Giovanni Johnson and her two daughters now live in a two-bedroom apartment, thanks to a change in the way the county selects people for coveted spots in housing. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

A tool used to determine who was most at risk, and therefore needed housing fastest, hadn't worked well for Black people. Data shows that this tool has favored white people. But since the coronavirus hit, things are beginning to change.

More Headlines