Stanton Fellowship 2016-17
To explore the conditions and policies that relegate individuals suffering from severe mental illness to live homeless on the streets of Los Angeles and to identify what it would take to move them into a safer place to live.
In Hollywood, where we've had a committed and passionate coalition working hard since 2010 to move individuals from the streets to housing, we also have been faced with the challenges of helping the "super chronic" homeless neighbors who, in all instances, suffer from some form of debilitating, untreated mental illness. This led to the creation of the "Top 14" list in Hollywood in 2013-the most vulnerable, "highest hanging fruit." Over the years, our coalition has been successful in making a case for involuntary conservatorships for three of these individuals, which has resulted in a radical transformation in their quality of life and ability to engage.