Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Staff
Having devoted 28 years to ending homelessness with Skid Row Housing Trust, 14 of those years as Executive Director then Chief Executive Officer, Mike continues to serve the Trust following his retirement in a newly created External Ambassador role. He continues to promote the work of the Trust’s affordable and permanent supportive housing services as an evidence-based solution to breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Mike is an advocate of Housing First, an innovative strategy that prioritizes the security of a permanent home as the first step to ending homelessness. Thanks to his hands-on experience, he pioneered the development of permanent supportive housing to help those facing the toughest challenges to obtaining stability and wellness.
During his tenure, the Trust has become a nationally recognized provider of permanent supportive housing that is on the forefront of building and program design. By creating beautiful, dignified buildings with on-site support services, the Trust alters both how people view our residents and how our residents view themselves.
A native Angelino with a Master’s degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Mike previously worked for Community Corporation of Santa Monica. In his spare time Mike is an avid gardner, cyclist, and enjoys pickleball.
Vice President, Property & Asset Management
De Andre Comers
Vice President, Health and Social Services
Originating in Compton and now residing in South Central Los Angeles, De Andre “Dre” Comers has personally witnessed how drug addiction is a symptom of destabilization in low-income communities. Losing both of his parents to addiction has motivated Dre to expand his focus to those suffering from substance use disorders and experiencing homelessness within Los Angeles. His passion for serving others brought him to Skid Row Housing Trust after returning home from Shanghai China, where he taught English, trained local teachers, and played arena football.
As the Director and Interim VP of Health and Social Services at the Trust, Dre provides strategic vision, strong leadership and expert program and project development necessary to ensure quality health and wellness services to the resident community. Overseeing a team of Directors, Program Managers and social work professionals that support residents with intensive case management, Dre is committed to maintaining the satisfaction of both residents and staff.
Dre has always been dedicated to gaining a deeper understanding of social systems and their impact on Black communities. He studied Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and worked in the juvenile justice court system while also mentoring youth in the community to develop their professional skills. Outside of the office, Dre enjoys audio engineering and recording, motorsports, exercise, and writing poems.