Personal statement: Layan received her BSW from Fresno State and MSW from USC. As a student, her internships in various settings exposed her to the lived experiences of the individuals she served. She immediately became drawn to the issue of homelessness and worked as a student data collector for the 2018 Homeless Count. As she wanted to continue work related to this topic, Layan is currently the project specialist at USC where she coordinates the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count that occurs every year. Layan also worked as a research assistant on an innovative HIV prevention project for youth experiencing homelessness. She has supported other projects that focus on youth, adults, and veterans in unstable housing conditions. Layan has a strong passion to make an impact on vulnerable populations and is always eager to learn new, improved strategies to eradicate homelessness completely.