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The USC Price Center for Social Innovation brings an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to social innovation research. Through relevant, rigorous research, Price Center faculty explore a variety of topics that seek to inform and advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families.

Resilience and Rebuilding: Recommendations for an Equitable Recovery in South Los Angeles

Price Center for Social Innovation and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRDC)

Year: 2021

South Los Angeles has a rich history of culture, social cohesion, and resilience. However, the region has also faced economic disinvestment and decades of racist policies targeting Black Angelenos. As a result, South LA has seen fewer jobs and opportunities … Continue reading


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


Designing Data Platforms for Action & Influence: Lessons Learned From a Case Study of Five Data Platforms

USC Price Center for Social Innovation & USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Year: 2021

Local data provides policymakers, community organizers, and scholars with the tools needed to identify inequities and target resources for action. Disaggregated data allows these stakeholders to make decisions at a highly targeted level, with the ability to create precise solutions … Continue reading


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Examining the Complex Social Safety Net For Low-Income Working Families: How Benefits and Resources Respond to Increases in Wages

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2021

The United States social safety net aims to improve the lives of the lowest-income families and individuals. As the term “social safety net” implies, the goal is to provide a support system that “catches” families as they fall into poverty … 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


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