A New Look at Housing Solutions

The housing crisis in Los Angeles is complex and multi-layered. Exploring the housing development terrain takes patience and effort. A group of students at USC spent close to 40 hours during the 2020 spring semester learning and producing a podcast on policy housing in Los …

Complaints about homelessness skyrocketing

By Kylie Storm Homelessness is rising in Los Angeles, but not nearly as fast as the calls to the city complaining about it. According to the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, released this month, the homeless population in the City of Los Angeles increased by 14.2% …

LA’s homeless crime epidemic

By Nisha Venkat The homeless population in the city grew for the second consecutive year, jumping 14.2%, to 41,920, according to the annual homeless count released earlier this month, conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. That’s also a more than 60% spike since 2015, …

Local Community College Commits to Housing for Homeless Students

1 in 5 community college students report experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, significantly reducing the odds of their success as they attempt to further their post high school education and build a future career.  One community college district recently took action to reduce those odds.  Cerritos Community …

Promising Approaches Support Affordable Housing

Here’s how to fill the regional gap in housing: Use a Community Land Trust Does your community have insufficient affordable housing? Do you want a healthier neighborhood with better civic engagement of residents? Do you need to preserve lower cost housing to address disparities for …

Help Us Champion Housing as a Human Right

It is time to declare that housing is a human right and ensure access to this basic human need for all people.  We know that lack of access to housing reduces life expectancy by an average of 20 years and harms health in multiple ways. It …

Students Make An Impact: Building a South LA COVID-19 Support Network

“I learned about the value of connecting people and organizations with much-needed resources during times of crisis,” reported one student studying towards a master’s degree in preventive medicine and interning with a new south LA project. As the COVID 19 pandemic closed businesses and locked people in their homes …

USC Alumnus is Feeding LA

One USC alumnus from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work has responded to the crisis of COVID – 19 in a remarkable fashion. Jose Ruiz (MSW’ 2017) had a vision of urban gardens sprinkled all over Metro LA and created an organization called CultivaLA, …

Why some people of color say they won’t wear homemade masks

USC Researcher Robynn Cox was recently quoted in a CNN article about the danger of racial profiling in this new world of homemade protective masks. The CDC’s mask guidance is an example of heterogeneous effects, said Robynn Cox, an assistant professor in the University of …