USC program aims to help LAPD officers build trust, de-escalate encounters with homeless, mentally ill

Los Angeles Daily News highlighted a partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School, USC Price School and Los Angeles Police Department on a project to educate officers on how to handle interactions with residents who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. “We think we’re engaged in the single most unique experiment in the…

The benefits of partnering with local universities

By Dr. Shawn Flanigan

As part of my interdisciplinary freshman Honors course at San Diego State University titled “Housing, Home, and Homeland,” I had my twenty-six students spend several weeks reading and discussing Matthew Desmond’s renowned book Evicted, and then gave them an assignment to code an interview from Access to Opportunity research in San Diego. As a culminating experience, we visited the Monarch School, an innovative K-12 school for homeless youth in downtown San Diego ….

Lunch with a Leader: Anne Miskey & Brooke Lykins of Downtown Women’s Center

At Downtown Women’s Center, homelessness is not inevitable, but a societal problem that bears especially hard on women. It can be ended. At DWC, housing first is key to an individual’s successful transition out of homelessness and on the path to success.  This combined with critical time intervention case management, women are empowered to achieve stability and independence.  With a 95%…