California is home to more than a quarter of the country's homeless population. In early 2020, 161,548 people experienced homelessness in California on any given day, a 40% increase over the last five years. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the public health crisis faced by people experiencing homelessness: housing security is a major determinant of health. There are no simple solutions to ending homelessness: the crisis is vast and complex, requiring well-coordinated systems, flexibility in approach, and implementation of individual-level interventions that support and house the most vulnerable Californians.
Join the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research as we bring together public health leaders, community advocates, policymakers, and other leaders to help identify past successes and lessons learned, so that we can invest effectively with evidence-based solutions to create a healthier, more prosperous California.
Bill Purcell, Former Mayor, Nashville and Davidson County
Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland
Phil Ting, California State Assemblymember, 19th District
Isaac Bryan, California State Assemblymember, 54th District
Philip Mangano, President and CEO, The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness
Kathryn Monet, CEO, National Coalition of Homeless Veterans
Margot Kushel, Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
Michelle Cabrera, Executive Director, County Behavioral Health Directors Association
Leepi Shimkhada, Director of Housing and Services, Housing for Health, LA County Department of Health Services
Gary Painter, Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Eva Thibaudeau, CEO, Temenos Community Development Corporation
Nadereh Pourat, Director, Health Economics and Evaluation Program, UCLA CHPR
Dana White, Program Officer, True Colors United
Suzette Shaw, Poet & Advocate
Opening and closing remarks by UCLA CHPR Director Ninez A. Ponce.