Lauren has worked in the homeless services and supportive housing field since 1994. While assisting homeless adults as a case manager, she was frustrated that many of her clients couldn’t get housing due to mental health or substance use issues. She had the opportunity to help develop a supportive housing program without sobriety requirements, providing the first step towards a supportive, stable home environment. After that, she was a believer in the transformative power of supportive housing with a harm reduction approach.
Lauren then spent five years as a Program Manager at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, working with local and national organizations to create permanent supportive housing for transition-aged youth, families, and homeless adults. In 2006, with the incredible support of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing was born, and is still striving everyday to provide housing that is “ready” to house those in need—not the other way around.