Mental Illness and Homelessness

Intersections, questions, stories, resources, & communities

30.2% of homeless individuals in L.A. have a mental illness.

It can be hard to talk about mental illness, and it can be hard to talk about homelessness - but that doesn't mean we should avoid them. Join A Compassionate Response to Hunger and Homelessness to hear from speakers with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and activists in the Skid Row community to learn more about the intersections of mental illness and homelessness.


Learn about mental illness and its related issues - including incarceration, the law, and civil rights - and what is being done to address mental illness and homelessness. Find out how to access support and treatment services.


Bring your questions and your stories! Together we can learn how to help ourselves, our friends, and our families deal with and be proactive on mental illness.

Meet our speakers:

General Jeff

"General" Jeff Page, also known as the "Mayor of Skid Row," is the Co-Chair of the Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the Dept of Mental Health.

Dick Bunce

Dick Bunce was the past president of NAMI Pomona Valley and helped develop the Interfaith Collaborative on Mental Health.

Joshua Ramirez

Joshua is an activist and educator at USC. With the Natl Alliance on Mental Health, he developed an educational center working with youth with brain disorders.

Larry Hurst

Lawrence has worked with the LA County Dept of Mental Health specifically focusing on improving the breadth and scope of mental health in Skid Row for the past 12 years.

Thursday, April 10 @ 6:30-8pm

Location: USC Taper Hall of Humanities (THH), Room 106.

3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, California 90089.


Parking is available at the United University Church. Taper Hall is across the street from the front steps of the Church (see map to the left).

Please note:

This meeting is intended to be a SAFE SPACE for all attendees. Regardless of whether you do or do not have experience with mental illness, please be sensitive to these issues and respectful of others. This is a space for us to learn from each other and to support one another. Thanks!