OCTOBER 2018

Dear Friends:

I am proud to share the following op-ed that was published today in the Los Angeles Times, titled "No, rent control doesn't always reduce the supply of housing." The piece makes an economic argument in support of Prop 10, which would give cities more control to pass or expand local rent control measures within their jurisdiction.
 
As argued in the piece, rent control can improve affordability in California’s housing market, but only if it is complemented by state-level legislation. It will take a portfolio of strategies – not a singular policy or program – to solve our region’s housing crisis. For this reason, the Price Center advances work on affordable housing across multiple areas, including homelessness , workforce housing , and new models to develop and preserve affordable housing , among others. I encourage you to read today’s op-ed, as well past blog posts to learn more about our work in these areas. 

As always, thank you for your support of the Price Center. Please feel free to contact me at  gpainter@usc.edu to connect.

Sincerely,
Gary Painter 
Director, USC Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
TOP STORIES
The Los Angeles Business Council Institute released its newest report prepared by the USC Price Center for Social Innovation, entitled  The Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles: Impacts to LA’s Fastest Growing Companies.

The report explores how employers in the fastest growing industries are responding to the region’s high cost of living and lack of affordable housing near job centers, and how these trends are impacting employees. The Price Center surveyed eighteen employers representing over 84,000 employees in the following three industries: health care and social services; accommodation and food services; and professional, scientific and technical services. Included in the report are key findings and recommended interventions for employers and public agencies in order to ensure a thriving economic base and workforce in the Los Angeles region.
2019 Southern California Symposium
Apply Today!
The Southern California Symposium, the Price Center for Social Innovation’s executive education program, is an exceptional opportunity for learning, collaboration and professional growth over a short time frame. A concentrated and intense experience that will not wreak havoc on your calendar, the Symposium starts the third week of March and is finished by the first week of May. The time in between will prove unforgettable.

Each weekend will feature learning encounters in several formats, presenting different kinds of material. Dinner speakers, seminars, panel discussions, skill-building exercises and small group collaborations facilitated by faculty mentors will all be part of the mix. In addition, participants will work in teams on a capstone project that evaluates one of several long-term challenges facing Southern California and offers affirmative, actionable solutions.

Applications for the 2019 cohort are due December 31, 2018. Apply by December 1 to save $250.
Fixing the affordable housing crisis afflicting urban cities across the country isn’t going to happen without innovative solutions. A local real estate developer has partnered with the USC Price Center for Social Innovation to create the Eddie & Jane Lorin Family Fellowship . The fellowship will support two graduate students in real estate and public policy, who will work to identify new models to preserve affordable housing, with a particular focus on “naturally occurring affordable housing,” otherwise known as existing aging units that can be rehabilitated to support the supply of high-quality, affordable housing in the future.
NDSC Data Story : Voter Turnout
Voting is a critical part of political participation and civic engagement in a democracy. According to a recent  Pew Research Center survey , 70% of Americans say that high voter turnout in presidential elections is important. However,  just 56%  of the Country’s voting-age population (VAP) voted in the last presidential election,  ranking in the bottom seven  of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. 

This low measure of voter turnout in the U.S. could be attributed to low rates of voter registration. According to  Pew roughly 30% of eligible voters  (defined as people over the age of 18 who are not barred from voting due to citizenship status or criminal record)  were not registered to vote in 2016 .  
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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November 14 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm
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The USC Price Center for Social Innovation develops ideas and illuminates strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities.

 
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