Deyanira Nevarez Martinez is a Senior Policy Fellow who studies Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Deyanira is a housing justice scholar that focuses on informal housing in the United States. She is currently working on a project for LPPI focusing on local government responses to homelessness in several cities in LA county. At the core of her work is the belief that housing is a human right and everyone deserves safe and adequate shelter. Deyanira recently became part of the inaugural class of CARE-UC Innovation Fellows for work on her dissertation which analyses the role of street-level bureaucratic discretion on informal housing in Southern California.