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Fuller Seminary Office for Urban Initiatives (OUI) and the Office of Alumni and Church Relations (ACR), in partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Court convened the Court Clergy Conference at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in May 2010 and 2014. READ MORE...


Supporting Southern California Homeless Counts: A Faith-Based Initiative. If you are interested in supporting a Southern California

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What are House Hotels and Who Lives in Them?

Persons Released from Correctional Institutions

Why Do We Count and Survey Homeless People?

The Prevalence of Smoking Among Two Homeless Populations in Southern California

Do Homeless People Have Community Ties to the Cities and Counties in Which They Are Homeless?



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Urban Initiatives (formerly the Institute for Urban Research and Development) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that consists of several community-based and faith-based institutes that respond to the economic, housing, and social needs of neighborhoods, cities, and counties from local community, regional, national, international, and faith-based perspectives.


Urban Initiatives has completed over 40 community-based assessments for local government and private organizations throughout Southern California. Assessments have focused on affordable housing, business development and education for micro-businesses, fair housing, health care, homelessness, human trafficking, migrant farming, and street vending.




Urban Initiatives has established several community-based and faith-based institutes and programs that provide a wide-range of community research, education, evaluation, and development activities that include the following:


Urban Initiatives has established the Office for Urban Initiatives in partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary which is located on the seminary campus. It provides opportunities for students and others from various educational institutions and other community organizations to strengthen their understanding of urban issues through collaborative research and community service. For more information CLICK HERE.


For More Information Please Contact Sofia Herrera, PhD at


Institute for Community Psychology studies, designs, and implements assessments, policies, and programs that help community institutions and systems of care improve the quality of life of local neighborhoods. Activities have focused upon domestic violence, health care, homelessness, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment.


For More Information Please Contact Sofia Herrera, PhD at


The Institute for Transnational Research and Development is dedicated to the holistic regeneration of communities by engaging members in reflection and strategic action rooted firmly in their contexts. ITRD understands the inter-connectivity of communities across national borders, thereby working to strengthen their natural networks and flows. CLICK HERE to see list of current projects (PDF).

For More Information Please Contact Grace Dyrness, PhD at


Institute for Vital Economic and Neighborhood Development facilitates neighborhood economic revitalization by creating viable employment and income generating opportunities through the development of successful worker-owned, small business enterprises.


For More Information Please Contact Joe Colletti, PhD at


Mama’s Merging Markets are temporary and permanent markets that help transform businesses, community centers, neighborhoods, parks, sidewalks, streets, and other public and private spaces into family, fun, and festive places where art, food, music, and recreation blend together and create vital and vibrant social and educational experiences for all ages. Click here for more information. CLICK HERE for more information.


For More Information Please Contact Sandi “Mama” Romero at


The Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarship raises funds through an annual basketball event for Pasadena Unified School District high school seniors going on to college. Brandon, a John Muir High School student who inspired many of his classmates to personal and academic excellence, was gunned down in the streets of Altadena, CA on February 12, 2011. The outrage and sorrow of the community overflowed for him and all the young men and women in the community whose futures had been cut short by senseless violence. There had been too many. With the conviction that death and violence don't have the last word, the community responded in hope instead of hostility and the Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarship was established.


For More Information Please Contact Debra Williams at