2018 USC Summit
Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles
The 2018 USC Summit on Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles was held
Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at USC’s Town & Gown.
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. View the 2017 Action Items page.
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
- Andrew Lakoff, Divisional Dean for Social Sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- Laura Mosqueda, 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 // firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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.
- “Urban Voices Choir Performs at Homelessness Summit” (University Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness, May 2, 2018)
- “Artists Provide Inspiring Display for USC Homelessness Summit” (University Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness, May 2, 2018)
- “It Takes a Village with an Army” (University Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness, May 2, 2018)
- “Research Collaboration To Provide Feedback On City Services For Homeless Population” (Long Beach Business Journal, April 23, 2018)
- Special four-part series: Homeless on the Streets of L.A. Students in JOUR 499: Reporting on the Homeless, a class in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism taught by Mary Murphy and Sandy Tolan, recently published a four-part series in the Huffington Post.
- “This Is Life On The Streets Of Hollywood When You’re Young, Queer And Homeless” (Huffington Post, April 14, 2018)
- “Surviving Skid Row: Women’s Stories Of Assault, Fear, And Finding Friendship” (Huffington Post, April 14, 2018)
- “An Art Colony Thrives On Skid Row” (Huffington Post, April 14, 2018)
- “In Los Angeles, Bitter Tensions Over Where To House The Homeless Rile Communities” (Huffington Post, April 14, 2018)
- Older news and events
- Resources for USC Students
- USC Homelessness Initiative Facebook Group: Please join the USC Homelessness Initiative Facebook group to stay connected and involved. Feel free to share any thoughts, articles, or events related to homelessness to grow our discussion around the issue.
- USC Homelessness Initiative
- Homelessness in the Classroom Initiative
- USC Homelessness Action Committee
- Videos: Interviews, Conferences, and Other Events
- Undergraduate Student Government project for campus homelessness
- USC Libraries guides on homelessness for academic research