Taking the Lead from Local Organizations to Address Housing Insecurity

Taking the Lead from Local Organizations to Address Housing Insecurity

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  • Friday, April 9, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.



5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




*Zoom link will be sent the day of the event*

Housing insecurity affects over 150,000 Californians ("California Homelessness Statistics," n.d.) each day. What are some of the causes that lead to housing insecurity? And how can we follow the lead of local organizations to address it? Join this event, sponsored by the Urgent Challenges Collective Speaker Series and the Center for Educational Excellence Just Read! program, where POOR Magazine and Monarch School, two organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty homelessness, will discuss the problems they see and face in the field and what solutions they are implementing. 

By attending, participants will learn:

  • Strategies for addressing poverty homelessness through poor and disabled people-led solutions.
  • Barriers that unhoused children and families face every day. 
  • How to get involved with organizations doing the work.

Source: California Homelessness Statistics. (n.d.) Retrieved from


Presenter Bios: 

Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, a revolutionary journalist, a lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine, Prensa POBRE and PoorNewsNetwork. 

Leroy F. Moore Jr., is the Founder of Krip-Hop Nation. Since the 1990s, he has written the column "Illin-N-Chillin" for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding members of National Black Disability and is an activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. 

Marisol Alvarado, the Vice President of Programs at Monarch School, has worked in education for 20 years in San Diego and New York City. She has a background in School Counseling and Family Engagement, and has worked with families impacted by homelessness at Monarch since 2007. During her time at Monarch she has worked in all levels of programming, including serving as a Parent Liaison, Director of Parent Engagement, Director of Student Support and Senior Director of Student Services. 

This event is part of the USD Just Read! program.


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