Campaign Mourns the Loss of Two Southern California Advocates for Ending Chronic Homelessness

The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego is saddened to report on the passing of two local advocates for ending chronic homelessness, Ruth Teague and Gary Squier.

As Director of the Los Angeles program of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Ruth was a “tireless advocate for the homeless in Los Angeles and her work resulted in the creation of thousands of units of supportive housing.”  She remained dedicated and committed to the creation of safe, decent and affordable housing for the most vulnerable.

Gary Squier was the first Housing Director for the city of Los Angeles in 1990, and a founder of the affordable housing movement in Southern California.  In addition, as a developer, Squier built more than 2,500 affordable apartments throughout California, including Cedar Gateway, which added 65 affordable multi-family units to downtown San Diego, including 23 permanent supportive units.  He will be remembered for his tremendous work and passion for providing people with hope through housing.