Meet the All Star Panel of Homelessness Demystified: Creating Awareness, Understanding, and Solutions, Feb. 2, 2019, Canvas, Irvine.

Professor Jacob Avery from UCI in The Vicious Cycle of Homelessness will show us how homeless people meet their basic needs and how they are punished for meeting those needs.  Dr. Avery is a core faculty and teaching professor in the Department of Sociology, Honors Program Director, and Undergraduate Director, Sociology, University of California at Irvine.  His areas of expertise are poverty and inequality, culture and interaction, city and community, human services organizations, the sociology of knowledge, and ethnography. He is finishing a book manuscript for the University of Chicago Press about how chronically homeless and chemically addicted men conduct the business of survival in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The research has received funding from the Ford Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health and Human Services.

Mohammed Aly attorney and founder of OC Poverty Alleviation Coalition (OCPAC) will discuss The Criminalization of Homelessness.  Named in 2017 by the OC Register as one of the 100 most influential in the OC, Mohammed is a well-known figure in the community, indefatigable and articulate in his advocacy, activism, compassion, defense of and friendship with homeless people.

Helen Cameron Business Development Manager at Jamboree Housing Corporation in The Costs of Homelessness and Some Solutions will share highlights from the groundbreaking UWOC/JHC/UCI study and the housing, services, and solutions Jamboree is using successfully. For the past 20 years, Helen has participated in the development of permanent supportive housing.  She participated in the development of the first community in Orange County in 2004 to house formerly homeless individuals with a mental health diagnosis – Jackson Aisle. With Jamboree, she has participated in three new communities, Diamond Apartment Homes in Anaheim, Doria in Irvine and Rockwood in Anaheim for formerly homeless individuals with a mental health diagnosis. As part of the Business Development team, she is exploring new communities in Orange County to contribute to the 2700 units of planned permanent supportive housing. She was part of the working group which developed the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. As Co-chair of the Community Services and Support Committee for the Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee she is a passionate advocate for housing resources for our most vulnerable residents.

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