2016 Community Town Hall Meeting: Homelessness

Town Hall 2016: Homelessness

How can you be part of the solution?

Solutions to LA's homelessness crisis call for compassion—and urgency. Focused on the tangible, positive actions community members can take at every level, SORO NC's 2016 Town Hall seeks to foster empathy and understanding for a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Thursday, October 27 | 7pm

The Museum of Tolerance Hertz Theater | 9786 W. Pico Blvd. at Roxbury Dr. (map)
Free underground parking via entrance on Pico Blvd.

Limited seating available for this special event 
Please RSVP to secretary@soronc.org (or call 310-295-9920) and plan to arrive early. Doors close promptly at 7pm. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names at the email above.

The Town Hall will include a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by KCRW's Anna Scott with experts and leading elected officials. The event is free and open to everyone, although space is limited and RSVPs are recommended. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names only.

At this timely event, we’ll address questions like:

  • What are some common myths and misconceptions?
  • How is the face of homelessness changing?
  • Which November ballot measures address the problem effectively?
  • How do you interact safely and compassionately when you encounter a homeless person?
  • What might they need?
  • Who should you call­—and not call?
  • Where can you volunteer and contribute to have meaningful impact?

If you would like to help, service providers will be accepting donations of socks, canned goods and toiletries at the event.

Scheduled Panelists

Moderated by Anna Scott, KCRW

Anna Scott is a producer and reporter at KCRW, the public radio station in Santa Monica. She has reported frequently on L.A.'s homeless crisis for NPR's national news programs "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." She has also written for the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Anna previously worked as a newspaper reporter. She graduated from the University of Southern California.

  • Alisa Orduña, Homeless Policy Director for Mayor Garcetti

Alisa Orduña is Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Homelessness Policy Director. She is a seasoned community development practitioner with close to twenty years of experience in working in the nonprofit and government sectors. Alisa brings a rich understanding of homelessness services and policy, urban affairs, neighborhood development and planning, and community mediation. In addition to working for the City of Los Angeles, Alisa has also worked for the City of Philadelphia as Special Project Director to Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Her most recent professional experience includes working as a Program Officer at United Way of Greater Los Angeles as a member of the Home For Good team.  Alisa is an L.A. native. She is also a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Community Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  

  • Hayley Fuselier, Director of Outreach for PATH

Haley Fuselier, LCSW, graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2003.  She has over eight years of experience working with the chronically homeless, dually diagnosed population here in Los Angeles.  She is currently the Director of West Los Angeles Programs for PATH.   These programs include a harm reduction interim housing facility for veterans, street outreach and rapid rehousing programs in SPA 5

  • Maureen Cyr, Clinical Supervisor LA County Deptartment of Mental Health 
    SB82 Mobile Triage Team

Maureen Cyr, LCSW has been an employee of Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health for over 19 years, as a line Social Worker and a Mental Health Clinical Supervisor.   She currently supervises the SB 82 Mobile Triage Team, where her staff engages some of the more mentally ill and vulnerable individuals in the community, who without field outreach and assertive engagement might not access mental health or housing services on their own.  Staff use strong follow-up and warm hand-off  approaches, and collaborate with several community partners such as LA Police and Fire, hospitals, homeless task force groups, local Cities,  Business Improvement District’s Ambassadors, as well as faith-based organizations or private citizens.  

  • LAPD Commander Todd Chamberlain, Citywide Homeless Coordinator

Commander Todd C. Chamberlain began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in November 1984. Over the last three decades he has steadily risen through the LAPD, serving in many ranks across Los Angeles, including Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Patrol Commanding Officer, Captain III, and Commanding Officer of Emergency Operations Division.  In 2009 he became Commanding Officer of Central Area. In 2011 he became Commanding Officer of Mission Area. In February 2016, Commander Chamberlain was promoted to Commander and assigned to Operations-Central Bureau (OCB).  Besides performing his operations duties for OCB, he is also the Department Homeless Coordinator. Commander Chamberlain has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

  • Rev. Andrew Bales, Union Rescue Mission

Andy brings over 29 years of experience in community outreach and service to people experiencing homelessness as he leads Union Rescue Mission in providing unique and innovative services and resources for Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Established in 1891, the faith-based Mission has always served the most desperate men, women and children of the community.  

Also on hand to answer questions and provide remarks:

Dorothy Kay Edwards was identified, during the 2011 Pasadena Homeless Census, as one of the most likely to die on the streets without housing. Dorothy struggled with an untreated mental health condition for most of her life which led to drug addiction in an effort to self-medicate.  By the time she was approached for the Homeless Census she had spent 7 years on the streets of Pasadena. Dorothy has now been in Permanent Supportive Housing for close to four years. She is an advocate with the CSH Speak UP! Program and is employed as a peer advocate. She has spoken in numerous venues to advocate for supportive housing and educate legislators other community stakeholders. She is a sitting member on the CSH Board of Directors, a national non-profit working to address systemic issues of poverty through the platform of housing.

  • Councilmember Jose Huizar

    Vice-Chair City Council ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Poverty

  • Councilmember Paul Koretz

    Council District 5

  • Tim Pershing

    Assemblymember Richard Bloom's Senior Deputy

  • Veronica De la Cruz

    Neighborhood Prosecutor, LA City Attorney’s Office

  • Adam Siegel

    Community Development Coordinator, Beit T’Shuvah Addiction Treatment Center 

  • Andrea Illoulian

    Senior Program Officer, Hilton Foundation

Co-sponsored by:

Alcott Center PATH