In collaboration with the Sage Project at San Diego State University and the City of Lemon Grove, this report details the methods and findings of the Spring 2017 course, Communication 462. Qualitative data were collected using ethnographic techniques, including in-person interviews with Lemon Grove residents, to examine placemaking and homelessness in Lemon Grove. An ethnographic approach allowed for an in-depth and empathetic view of these subjects and development of creative solutions to the problems faced by Lemon Grove. Communication, as both an area of concern and a source of potential solutions, emerged as a recurring theme in our interactions with Lemon Grove residents. Our recommendations include increased communication and community awareness, equitable access to key resources, and revitalization and implementation of community traditions, gatherings, and other events.