Reba Stevens is an advocate and activists who experienced homelessness for 21 years
in Los Angeles. She has used her experience to promote approaches that will yield the
greatest impact for anyone in a housing crisis.
She possesses a unique understanding of the mental health, criminal justice, and
substance abuse treatment systems in Los Angeles County because of incidents she
had with each one. A mental health diagnosis and health resources were the lynchpins
to her successful road to recovery and journey out of homelessness.
These life changing markers fuel her passion to ensure that mental health and substance abuse screenings and treatment are funded; and accessible and embedded in all facets of
service delivery for people experiencing homelessness as well as those who are now
housed after being homeless.
Reba’s service to community includes 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 serves on the Los
Angeles County Department of Mental Health-Service Area 6 Advisory Committee, Los
Angeles City & County Office of Diversion and Re-entry Prop 47 Steering Committee, Empowerment Congress-Neighborhood Council Member, Los Angeles County Steering Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Commission, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Continuum of Care Board, LGBT South Community Advisory Board, SPA 6 Homeless Coalition, USC Homelessness Policy Research Institute and USC/UCLA (PCHOOSE Study) Person-centered, Housing Options, Outcomes Services & Environment and newly appointed to the California Interagency Council on
Homelessness Advisory Committee.
Her unabashed voice for equality and humility in serving people experiencing
homelessness 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 4, the fur parent of two lovely Boston Terriers Sage & Star, and a
Los Angeles native.
2:30 PM–3:45 PM Mar 1, 2023 (US - Pacific)