October 2021
Dear Friends:

I am pleased to share new updates from the Price Center for Social Innovation. Earlier this month, we released a new report examining the complex social safety net for low-income working families, in partnership with Imagine LA. I encourage you to explore the report below and listen to the USC Bedrosian Center's recent podcast on the topic.

As always, thank you for your interest and support of the Price Center. I can be reached directly at gpainter@usc.edu if you would like to connect.

Gary Painter 
Director, USC Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Examining the Complex Social Safety Net for Low-Income Working Families: How Benefits and Resources Respond to Increases in Wages
By Soledad De Gregorio, Rebecca Smith, Gary Painter, and Molly Creighton
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 but still encourages work. The assortment of non-contributory assistance programs — in-kind and cash transfer programs — has grown and become more complex over the years, and families and case managers often face challenges in navigating through them.

The Price Center for Social Innovation partnered with Imagine LA to understand the total resources families have available and identify the threshold points where the safety net may actually become a barrier towards economic independence — a benefits cliff, where an increase in earnings leaves a family worse off, or a resource plateau, where such an increase leaves a family no better off in terms of the total resources available to them (income and benefits).
Unhoused: Addressing Homelessness
During and After the Pandemic
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute and the Price Center for Social Innovation hosted a virtual event that examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness and the housing crisis. Gary Painter, Director of the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute provided a research overview of homelessness and the housing crisis. Saba Mwine, Managing Director of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute, moderated a panel that examined lessons learned from the pandemic and ways to transform some of the short-term pandemic innovations into long-term solutions. Panelists included CA Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, Danielle Latteri, Senior Director of Supportive Services at Jamboree Housing Corporation, and John Vu, Vice President of Strategy for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente.
Social Innovation Speaker Series Featuring Papia Debroy and Kate Naranjo from Opportunity@Work
On October 21, 2021, the Price Center's Social Innovation Speaker Series featured Papia Debroy, Senior Vice President of Insights at Opportunity@Work, and Kate Naranjo, Director of Opportunity@Work's STARs Policy Project. The speakers discussed why the American Dream is not being realized by millions of families, particularly families with people of color.

Un(Just) Recovery: Addressing COVID-Related Inequalities in Los Angeles
The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, in partnership with the USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute, the Price Center for Social Innovation, the USC-Keck Human Rights Clinic, the USC Keck Division of Global Emergency Medicine, and the 2021 USC SDG Leadership Academy, hosted a virtual panel to highlight the range of work happening across USC to address COVID-related inequalities in Los Angeles. The panel, which took place Sept. 16, included faculty and students from across the university who shared current work and joined in a discussion with the audience on key issues to moving toward a just recovery in LA. The presentations highlighted differences in how each group was tangibly trying to understand and make a difference here in LA, employing different methodological approaches and working with different partners, all to best address the devastating impacts of COVID on the most vulnerable in our communities. The panel was lively and informative and ended with a call to action for all participants to engage in this work to help move our city forward.
New Data Story:
Home Affordability in the USC Area
By: Elly Schoen & Joshua Cantong
The Neighborhood Data for Social Change recently launched the USC Area Housing Dashboard in partnership with the UNIDAD Coalition ––a group of community-based organizations in South Central Los Angeles. The Dashboard seeks to highlight housing data trends of the USC community including resident characteristics, the built environment, and housing affordability and stability. This data story takes a deeper dive into some of the trends shown on the dashboard by examining single-family mortgage applications in the USC area in the last decade following the Great Recession.
Upcoming Events
Social Innovation Speaker Series:
Dr. Karin D. Martin
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Designing Data Platforms for Action & Influence
Thursday, November 4, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Virtual Community Training
Wed November 17, 2021
Social Innovation Speaker Series:
Dr. Christopher Fox
Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm
Social Innovation Speaker Series:
Dr. Brandon Nicholson
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm
Dr. Christine Beckman, Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Associate Director of the Price Center, edited Carnegie goes to California: Advancing and Celebrating the Work of James G. March; Vol: 76
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) hosted a webinar and discussion of the the Journal on Migration and Human Security report entitled, “Tax Equality for Immigrants: The Indispensable Ingredient for Remedying Child Poverty in the United States.” The report’s authors, Associate Director Roberto Suro and Hannah Findling, shared key findings and policy recommendations from the report.
Job Opportunities
Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate
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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