Eliminating Homelessness

** Save the Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 **
USC Summit on Research and Innovation on Homelessness in Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Town & Gown 
RSVP here
For more information, email Brenda Wiewel


Creating and sharing tools to help our community in the fight against homelessness

  • USC will harness the talents of every school, including our deans, faculty, students, and staff, to encourage collaboration, coordination, and education that raises the quality of life, access to shelter, and the promise of a home to those who struggle today on the streets of Los Angeles County.
  • We will create high-visibility projects and build a multidisciplinary pipeline of faculty, professionals, and students who will work in this area, provide state-of-the-art interventions, and conduct research that can guide public and private resources to strategies and innovative solutions.


  • In the last year, USC began to share resources and expertise through partnerships with local government, foundations, and non-profit organizations to reduce homelessness. Click here for details.

Deans’ Steering Committee on Eliminating Homelessness

  • Marilyn Flynn (Lead), Dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Jim Burklo, Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC
  • Milton Curry, Dean of the USC School of Architecture
  • Karen Gallagher, Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education
  • Jack Knott, Dean of the USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Laura Mosqueda, Interim Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Erica Muhl, Dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design
  • Catherine Quinlan, Dean of USC Libraries
  • Avishai Sadan, Dean of USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

    Brenda Wiewel, Director, University Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness
    (213) 821-2876 // frankens@usc.edu

Goals for 2017-18

The Deans Steering Committee has approved the following goals for the USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness for 2017-18

In order to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles County, USC will:

  • Respond to USC Student Needs
  • Promote Research/Technical Innovation
  • Pipeline Development to Build Prepared Workforce
  • Policy, Service System, and Environmental Change
  • Using our Big Voice to Influence Community Support

Key Facts about Homelessness in LA County

USC alumna Lynette Jenkins interviews Tammie Johnson for a survey in partnership with the L.A. Homeless Services Authority (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
  • Los Angeles experienced a 23% increase countywide in persons who are unsheltered from 2016 to 2017, with significant rises for youth, Latinos, veterans, and first time homeless status, according to figures from the annual Homeless Count overseen by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).
  • On “Skid Row,” there are 4,485 homeless people, or almost 1,000 more than in 2016. About half of them stay in shelters.
  • In 2016, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development provided the following definition of Chronic Homelessness: Click here for full definition.
  • For children, the federal government has defined homelessness through the McKinney-Vento Act, which defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” Click here to see examples of children who would fall under this definition.


USC Resources

August Rivers interviews Joseph Sigler and his dog, Mojo (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

LA County Resources

Other Homelessness Events

No scheduled events.