USC CAIS / School on Wheels Virtual Backpack Drive

Please consider donating to this virtual backpack drive sponsored by The USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society and School on Wheels. This fundraising drive will be held until September 15th, and we are 39% towards the goal of purchasing 200 backpacks stuffed full of school supplies. …

Abundant Housing LA Special Action Alert

From Abundant Housing LA’s newsletter This is critical. SB 1120 is a bill currently under consideration in Sacramento. Currently as in right now. And we really need you to take action.  SB 1120 would make it possible to build two homes on every property currently zoned for single-family …

Link Between Homelessness and Racism

2020 homeless count results announced by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in June yielded current evidence of the long standing and persistent racial disparity in numbers of homeless persons for Black people in Los Angeles. The 2020 count echoed conclusions from the Report and …

Students Craft New Policies to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

A specially designed course, (639 Policy Advocacy and Social Change), led by Professor Renee Smith-Maddox, allows master’s level social workers to learn the theory and practice of policy development through the lens of homelessness.  As Smith-Maddox has emphasized, there is an intersection with homelessness and housing …

Students Help to Educate South on LA COVID 19 Risk

Public health students, Rebecca Dabbs and Kelsey Lowery, summer volunteers from the master’s program in Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC took on an important task recently.  They participated in an effort to notify the vulnerable south Los Angeles community to …

A Look at Homelessness and Crime in LA

By Nisha Venkat The number of people experiencing homelessness in the City of Los Angeles is rising rapidly. But the number of homeless people who become victims of a crime is rising even faster.  The situation reflects the devastating combination of a regional lack of affordable …

A New Look at Housing Solutions

The housing crisis in Los Angeles is complex and multi-layered. Exploring the housing development terrain takes patience and effort. A group of students at USC spent close to 40 hours during the 2020 spring semester learning and producing a podcast on policy housing in Los …

Complaints about homelessness skyrocketing

By Kylie Storm Homelessness is rising in Los Angeles, but not nearly as fast as the calls to the city complaining about it. According to the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, released this month, the homeless population in the City of Los Angeles increased by 14.2% …

LA’s homeless crime epidemic

By Nisha Venkat The homeless population in the city grew for the second consecutive year, jumping 14.2%, to 41,920, according to the annual homeless count released earlier this month, conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. That’s also a more than 60% spike since 2015, …