USC Alumnus is Feeding LA

One USC alumnus from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work has responded to the crisis of COVID – 19 in a remarkable fashion. Jose Ruiz (MSW’ 2017) had a vision of urban gardens sprinkled all over Metro LA and created an organization called CultivaLA, …

USC Students Active in Homelessness Count

by Matthew Lee and Brenda Wiewel How it works Clementina Verjan, LA County Homeless Count Coordinator, reports that more than 8,000 volunteers signed up to participate in the largest homeless count in the nation last month (January 2020). Over 250 of them were from USC. …

Trojans Warm Our Homeless Neighbors

by Matthew Lee & Brenda Wiewel On a recent cloudy and brisk winter day in south Los Angeles, a team from USC came together to bring warmth to people living on the streets.  Conceived by USC leader Brenda Ingram, EdD (Director of USC Student Health Center’s …

NBC4 on USC’s New Homeless Advocacy Class

The USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness works to expand student knowledge and involvement. This is one of our projects to build workforce professional expertise to ensure effective legal advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. Click the image to watch the NBC4 news coverage of Gould School …

2019 Student Excellence in Action Award

The USC tradition of excellence was enhanced in 2019 by remarkable student involvement and contributions, including two students who each invested countless hours toward volunteer work to help people experiencing homelessness. Alec Vandenberg is completing his studies with a dual degree at the Sol Price …

A New Tool for Skid Row Community Arts Alliance

By Alexandra Brouke Nestled in an easy-to-miss spot amidst the loud strip-mall signage and distractions from the bustle of downtown Los Angeles is the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s (LAPD) Skid Row History Museum and Archive. Surrounded by some of the most renowned art institutions, such …

USC Students Educate Their Peers on Homelessness During Homeless Awareness Week Led by Jay Nair and Matthew Lee, a group of USC students launched Homelessness Awareness Week November 11-14, 2019, with a range of activities to bring attention and understanding to their peers. DAY ONE: …