Housing Instability

Housing stability is one of the most critical policy issues of our time, and traditional policy levers have failed to catalyze the change needed to provide safe, affordable housing for all populations. The Price Center conducts a wide range of research to improve housing stability through a community-driven process of piloting and testing new practices, bringing them to scale, and ultimately diffusing those practices into systems change.

Incentivizing Affordable Housing in High Opportunity Areas

USC Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

Affordable housing is a critical component of providing low-income children with pathways to opportunity. The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC) helps fund the development of affordable housing by providing private developers with tax credits in exchange for … Continue reading


Housing Affordability in the Wake of COVID-19: Regional Solutions for California

Othering & Belonging Institute

Year: 2021

This paper begins by describing current housing affordability dynamics across Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Although rent burden metrics help identify households vulnerable to instability, it is the underlying housing and work conditions that shape residents’ lives and produce … Continue reading


Full Report: How do Renters Cope with Unaffordability?

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2020

The Los Angeles region faces a deep and worsening housing affordability crisis. A team of researchers from the USC Price Center for Social Innovation—led by Jovanna Rosen, Sean Angst, Soledad De Gregorio, and Gary Painter—conducted an in-person, door-to-door survey of … Continue reading


The Power Divide: Mobile Communication in Los Angeles’ Skid Row

Mobile Media & Communication

Year: 2020

This study explores mobile phone use among people experiencing homelessness in downtown Los Angeles. It explores usage patterns and connectivity challenges, and how these affect access to social services as well as opportunities for information seeking, skills building, and social … Continue reading


No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive Los Angeles

USC Equity Research Institute (ERI): Data and Analysis to Power Social Change

Year: 2020

Prior to the stay-at-home public health directive, civic boosters promoted Los Angeles as a metropolis that was confronting its problems and making progress. Local and state governments enjoyed budget surpluses, unprecedented investments were committed by Angelenos to respond to homelessness, … Continue reading


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