To provide advice and counsel to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and its partners
in support of efforts that strive to end homelessness, as well as to ensure that the unique voice of those
with the lived experience of homelessness is incorporated throughout the Los Angeles homeless crisis
We value respect, timeliness, openness, integrity, honesty, kindness, and inclusivity.
My definition of Peace is a world free of hunger, war, and homelessness.
I am a founding member and Secretary of LAHSA's lived experience advisory board(LEAB) to advise lahsa on different policies and procedures to help end homelessness.I am also a founding member of LAHSA's Homeless Youth Forum of Los Angeles(HYFLA). I am a founder of a non profit organization and I also sit on other non profit boards with those who have the mission to help end homelessness.
Moorel Bey has been a proud member of the LAHSA Lived Experience Advisory Board since 2017.
Moorel was inspired to share her voice because of her experiences with homelessness and other social programs. Moorel’s first experience with housing insecurity was when she aged out of foster care in 2001 on her twenty-first birthday. She, unlike her younger siblings and other transition age youth, was lucky enough to receive a section-8 housing voucher. Unfortunately, because of the stigma connected to program participants and issues that landlords and property owners had receiving timely payments, Moorel and her young son struggled to find a landlord willing to accept her voucher and she ended up dropping out of her final semester of college. She and her son eventually moved into an affordable housing project and Moorel returned to school and received her bachelor’s degree.
Moorel’s second experience with housing insecurity was after she had relocated from her hometown of Philadelphia to North Hollywood to work for Walt Disney Pictures. She had won a one-year screenwriting fellowship but the end of the fellowship brought the Great Recession and Moorel struggled to find full-time work. She made ends meet with a part-time job and unemployment but after two years, Moorel’s unemployment ended, instantly cutting her family’s monthly income in half. Unable to afford their rent, she and her family became homeless as they tried to find an affordable apartment. She was nine month’s pregnant at the time. Exactly six months (to the day) later, Moorel and her family moved into another apartment when her husband secured a "stimulus job" (at a homeless shelter no less) increasing the household income. However, she and her husband soon separated and Moorel found herself facing housing insecurity again as she still struggled to secure full-time employment.
Moorel went back to school to get her master’s degree to make herself more employable and used student loans, in the meantime, to pay the rent.
Today, Moorel is finally stable in full-time employment with rent that is 33% of her gross income. Her lived experience with circumstantial homelessness has guided her work for the County of Los Angeles where she designed and is currently working in the administration of homeless programs.
My name is Pamela Crenshaw. I am a volunteer advocate at the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) serving on the Lived Experience Advisory Board (LEAB). I am also an advocate with the Domestic Violence Homeless Service Coalition (DVHSC) at the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, California. I am a graduate of the Speak Up Program at Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).
Certified in Human services I am in this fight with many service providers to end homelessness by lobbying at national, state and local levels.
A grandmother of seven I enjoy family time, picnics, deep sea fishing, creating my own line of body essentials, skin care and candle making along with various crafting. I am is currently taking classes on parenting and anger management to become certified by the state of California to teach court-mandated clients. Hopefully someday I will also finish my book, Housewife to Homeless, to give hope to those who have survived, or are experiencing domestic violence, drug addiction and homelessness in hope they too will make a choice to change their life.
Debra Gatlin. Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, California State University Northridge. Worked over 30 years as an Administrative Professional in a variety of industries for companies such as Boeing, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Edison, Universal Oil Products Company and Transamerica Insurance Group.
A Southern California native, I traveled the United States and lived in Chicago, Illinois, Albany, New York, Lubbock, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Current residence in North Long Beach, California.
Works for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a Mental Health Advocate and Case Manager.
It is my desire to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable, disenfranchised and often voiceless individuals and communities, and empower them to live independently with dignity.Desiring to help people with mental health challenges navigate services to help them live independent and autonomous lives, I volunteered as a Wellness Outreach Worker for the Department of Mental Health, which ultimately led to employment as a Mental Health Advocate.
I currently provide Case Management services assisting mental health consumers in accessing resources related to housing, benefits, food, clothing, employment and other needed supportive services. My caseload consists of people with mental health challenges who are also experiencing homelessness. Knowing the challenges associated with homelessness, I strive to assist, support and house consumers while providing intentional peer support. No matter our problems, situations or circumstances, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Just as we can't readily look at a person and see their mental health challenges, we shouldn't judge a person because they are homeless; we never know the situations that have brought us to this place.
2017 Peer Housing Specialist Certification, Pacific Clinics Training Institute.
2017 Lived Experience Advisory Board, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
2016 Most Innovative Wellness Outreach Worker, County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health.
2015 Peer Advocacy Certification, Pacific Clinics Training Institute.
2015 Microsoft Office Suite Programs Instructor Certification, Microsoft Virtual Academy.
Gloria Johnson is a passionate homeless services expert in advocacy for the most vulnerable populations not limited to the developmentally delayed, elderly, substance abuse, mentally ill, DV, and re-entry.
As one of the Co-Chairs from LAHSA Lived Experience Advisory Board since 2017, Gloria is also a member of the CES policy council where she provided imperative feedback that shaped policies, and or program design. Gloria is a proud graduate from CSUDH with a Bachelors's in Sociology with a minor in Communications. Gloria is a family survivor of homelessness and now work in the homeless system as a Housing Case Manager. She has more than 14 years of experience providing client-centered services and in the last couple of years, she has assisted in securing permanent housing for more than 130 clients, with a 95% housing retention beyond 1 or more years.
Gloria is a State Assembly 2018 Impact Award recipient.
In Gloria's spare time she enjoys learning about new innovative ways to end homelessness while blending the outlook from a client, and a service provider perspective.
Apolonio "Apple" E. Muñoz III CPSS (He/They) is a disabled US Army Combat Veteran with one tour in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. Apple joined the Lived Experience Advisory Board (LEAB) at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in September 2017, when he was a participant in the HUD-VASH Program. Through LEAB he has the ear of the policymakers, sharing first-hand experience and knowledge on what it is like to be homeless in Los Angeles. Apple is proud to represent the SPA 6 & 7 communities, as well as the LGBT & Veteran subpopulations throughout Los Angeles. He believes that these particular subpopulations have a unique voice that is seldom heard, especially those in the LGBT community, and by being able to serve on LEAB he can make sure those voices are heard loud and proud!
Apple is also proud to provide valuable insight to LAHSA and local elected officials by also serving on LAHSA’s Homeless Count Advisory Board (HCAB) since 2019 and USC’s Coordinated Entry System Triage Tool Research & Refinement Project (CESTTRR) since 2020. On the HCAB Apple uses his seat at the table to leverage guidance to LAHSA’s leadership on the planning and execution of the largest homeless count in the country, which is a point-in-time census of Los Angeles’ homeless population. Apple uses his experiences of being homeless in LA to offer guidance to the researchers at USC who are tasked with taking a hard look at the assessment tools used on the ground and build a tool that is geared to better assist in ending homelessness in the largest homeless population in the country.
In his day job, Apple is a licensed life & health insurance agent with several major carriers. Apple is a Certified Veteran Peer Support Specialist, ASIST Certified Suicide Prevention Specialist, Certified VA Community Integration Specialist, and is also certified in Mental Health First Aid. He has also received numerous recognitions from local non-profits, the State of California, LA County, and the US Congress for his advocacy and work with the LGBT & Veteran Communities. But that’s not all: he’s a volunteer, advisor and board member with several local, regional, and national LGBT and Veteran non-profits.
I am an interabled senior citizen, whose mode of transport is a power wheelchair. My advocacy includes, but is not limited to, a heart for the hopeless and throwaway segments of society. I have counseled and been the help for suicidal teens and an ear for mentally ill people. I am a member of the ADA Network for the City of Pasadena. included a passion for the hopeless.
While homeless, I was a Dean's List and Golden Key recipient who graduated from CSULA, B.S. Business Administration, Operations Management. A Lived Experience Board member since September 2017, I advocate on behalf of people to with disabilities, and senior citizens of all colors. I confront perceptions that serve to stigmatize homeless populations and serve as barriers that impact how they are served. I am the proud mom of a son I raised while I am still homeless.
Reba Stevens is dedicated to using her lived experience as a homeless individual for 21 years to advocate for
lasting solutions to homelessness and represent the voice of lived expertise in many forums.
Her relentless focus on the magnitude of mental health and substance abuse amongst people experiencing homelessness is founded
in her own experience. A diagnosis of her mental health condition was the lynchpin to her successful road to recovery and journey
out of homelessness. As a result, she possesses a unique understanding of the mental health, criminal justice and substance abuse
treatment systems in Los Angeles County. Her goal is to ensure that mental health and substance abuse screenings and treatment
are funded, accessible and embedded in all the facets of service delivery for people experiencing homelessness as well as those
who are now housed after being homeless.
Reba’s activism and profound knowledge is demonstrated in numerous cross-departmental appointments to strategic and major bodies
that drive policy and practice in homelessness, mental health, criminal justice and substance abuse areas.
She currently sits on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Homeless Advisory Board, the Los Angeles Regional Homeless Advisory Council,
the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Service Area, 6 Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles City & County Office of Diversion
and Reentry Prop 47 Steering Committee, the LAHSA Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, the Los Angeles County,
Department of Mental Health Commission, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Continuum of Care Board,
the LGBT South Community Advisory Board and the SPA 6 Homeless Coalition.
Her unabashed voice for equality and humility in serving our homeless and formerly homeless neighbors is largely documented
in print and broadcast media such as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, NBC Universal,
Free Your Mind Projects Radio Show, KABC-AM (AM790), Hope on The Horizon MHSOAC News Publication,
Making Sense of Measure H: Dr. Mitch Katz and Reba Stevens with Pat Prescott (94.7 The Wave),
Unsheltered… New Possibilities TEDx Crenshaw (Ted Talk), and Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE).
Reba is a mother of four the owner of two lovely Boston Terriers, and a Los Angeles native.
My name is Jennifer and I’m a former foster and homeless youth. I love advocating for human rights and change.
Co-Founder of the Housing Justice LA Podcast in partnership with the Los Angeles Housing Justice Summit.
CSH Speak UP! Renowned Advocate and Survivor of DV and homelessness advancing the operations of advisory boards and
steering committees such as the Domestic Violence Homeless Services Coalition and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority,
also brining the unique expertise of Lived Experience Consultant work to assist in housing solutions.
I enjoy Public Speaking and artistic expression as a means of liberation and healing.
Zue has 20 years lived experience in homelessness and navigation of services. This includes five-year experience as a SPA 7 services provider.
Knowledgable in areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, TAY, DCFS, DPSS, Legal Aid, just to name a few.
She is also familiar with HMIS and CES, housing navigation, and the process to obtain services.
Zue is here to be a voice for those who have experienced and are currently experiencing homelessness.
A biography is pending