In its third year of implementation, the Leonetti/ O’Connell Family Foundation’s emergency aid programs at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) have continued to provide direct cash assistance to students experiencing financial hardships.
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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.
This report aims to assist jurisdictions trying to reimagine public safety through focusing on key policy areas, and applies policy frameworks to present day Los Angeles.
This report outlines the findings from the project’s activities including an employer survey, Innovation Lab sessions, and case studies
The Segregation Index will be a comprehensive resource for tracking neighborhood and school segregation in the U.S., across every neighborhood and every school.
This report examines ways to improve pandemic recovery and to remove pre-pandemic barriers in South Los Angeles.
This report examines the resources and benefits available to families and identifies the points at which the social safety net may become a barrier to economic independence.
The complexity of social problems, paired with constrained public resources, requires social innovators to identify new approaches for financing the delivery of social services.
Predatory Inclusion in the Market for Rental Housing: A Multicity Empirical Test
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World
Using a unique data set of millions of advertisements for rental housing and data on the geographic distribution of housing voucher holders, we examine the limits of housing market policies that rely on private-market landlords to meet public needs. We … Continue reading
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)
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
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
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
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
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