Gutierrez’s research focuses on the expansion of the police state, the criminalization of homelessness, and community mobilization in response to these actions. His current project examines how grassroots organizers work with unhoused neighbors to resist punitive governmental responses to homelessness, particularly encampment sweeps. As a Research Assistant at SDSU, Gutierrez has explored service-seeking behaviors of people experiencing homelessness, public perceptions of homeless-serving facilities, and the quality and quantity of public restrooms in San Diego County. He serves on the West Adams Neighborhood Council’s Homelessness committee, organizing local homeless-serving programs.
Discusses when people experiencing extreme poverty face apathy, disrespect, and discrimination from police—as our data show—the result is a reluctance to seek services and to engage with outreach when offered. Reinforces stereotypes of unhoused people as not “wanting” help or “choosing” to be homeless.