Nicole is currently completing her Masters in sociology at the University of British Columbia. After spending several years both living and working in the Downtown Eastside, her research interests are guided by her lived experience: She primarily focuses on mental health, addictions, and eating disorders among street-involved youth using feminist-oriented qualitative methodologies. Nicole is excited to be a Project Coordinator with the Low-Income Entrepreneur Needs Assessment (LENA) project, where she will be working with local micro-entrepreneurs to devise strategies for increasing the personal incomes of Downtown Eastside residents. Alongside her colleague, Davin Boutang, Nicole will first conduct informal interviews with residents about their primary sources of income generation and any perceived personal or structural barriers to generating income. Following this, she is looking forward collectively developing innovative initiatives and policy implementations that may enhance the working capacity of community residents.