NO VACANCY: Homeless Women in Paradise

NO VACANCY describes a personal journey. It takes the reader from discovering homelessness on the Central Coast of California, to uncovering the complicated reasons for its existence. It confronts the barriers to solutions, and the challenges of success. NO VACANCY will break your heart and leave you with new eyes to see yourself and those around you. In it you will encounter stories of women (dead and alive) that will surprise you, challenge your notions of the homeless and guide you through the circuitous road of grassroots social change.  NO VACANCY will encourage you, help you take the next step to making a difference in your community, and most importantly, help you to recognize our common humanity regardless of how we might appear on the outside.

About Michael E. Reid

In addition to No Vacancy: Homeless Women in Paradise (2Leaf Press, 2018), Michael E. Reid has published three collections of personal essays: My Own Skin; Searching for Home; Grand Illusions (Kindle eBook, Amazon). Other works have been published in Black Lives Have Always Mattered (2Leaf Press, 2017), Life in Pacific Grove (Park Place Publications, 2017), The LLI Review (Fall 2011), CURE (Summer 2010) and in the Community Foundation for Monterey County blog. Reid received an EdD from Temple University, MDiv from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, MA from New York University, and BA from Adelphi University. He is first generation American, an Episcopal priest, married and currently residing in Monterey, California, USA.

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My Own Skin

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Upcoming Book Signings and Appearances

History Memory Voices
Presented by The Monterey Peace & Justice Center and
CSUMB’s Oral History and Community Memory Course
Open House Reception:
Friday, June 14th
6:00PM to 8:00PM, Doors Open 5:30PM
Monterey Peace & Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd.
Seaside, CA
Free – Open to the Public

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Michael E. Reid will donate author proceeds from his book – No Vacancy: Homeless Women in Paradise to the Fund for Homeless Women, Community Foundation for Monterey County in support of programs and services for women who are homeless. To learn more about the Fund for Homeless Women, please visit: