Updated: Mar 25
Late last year, we said goodbye to our beloved External Affairs and Policy Manager, Anthony Carrasco who completed this fellowship with us through the University of California, Berkeley During his time at Compass, Anthony worked on various projects to advocate for and support the homeless and at-risk families we serve.
Many of Compass’ client families are of an undocumented status. Anthony has provided incredible support to protect the rights, safety and freedoms of our families through adapting policy principles to Compass’ operations and providing training to staff in preparation for a possible ICE visit. Anthony also supported Compass amidst changes in the public charge policy by updating staff of the impact of policy changes and facilitating an information session at the Twitter NeighborNest. Data plays an important role in Compass’s work to end family homelessness and Anthony was a pivotal figure in conducting a point-in-time count of Compass’ undocumented family community to better evauluate and meet their needs.
When shelter-in-place began, many of our families were among those most impacted with loss of employment, income, healthcare and economic and housing stability. Anthony helped establish new cleaning standards, compiled resource guides and educated families and staff about the stimulus payment process. His adaptability and resourcefulness was essential in helping Compass case managers provide meaningful support to their client families at the onset of this public health crisis.
Anthony also strived for representation of our unsheltered families through his efforts to “Get Out the Vote” during the 2020 election and collaborated with the U.S. Census to ensure that every Compass family is counted!
We will greatly miss Anthony’s friendly face, his fierce advocacy for our families and his dedication to dismantling the systems of poverty and inequity!
We appreciate you so much, Anthony, and can’t wait to see the impact you will make in the future!!!