New Avenues in 2022
Very excited to have a new position as a Graduate Research Assistant with the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation's Homeless Policy Research Institute. Wow that's a mouthful of a title. As an assistant, I am developing issue briefs on unhoused policy for local institutions and helping the administration and research teams on programming, symposiums, and projects. Very excited for this opportunity to enhance my MPA with policy research on campus.
The good work with the Echo Park Trash Club (EPTC) continues! EPTC has been leading community pickups across Echo Park for years now, filling the gaps where the city is struggling to manage waste. This incredible group of volunteers are providing such a necessary service, and with the encampment familiarity of SELAH's outreach team, together we can ensure healthier and cleaner spaces for both housed and unhoused Angelenos.
Stoked that SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition is now working with an incredible case manager at Homeless Healthcare. With her help, I am better able to connect the Echo Park unhoused with city services, and put many friends on a path toward shelter and permanent housing. Los Angeles makes it way too difficult to enter into housing after becoming unhoused. After working in the sector, it's clear to me that administrator's need to change the process ... like, yesterday.