I’m writing this on May Day and, like every other day, too many working families in south Los Angeles are spending up to 50 percent of their earnings on housing. This amount compares poorly to a recommended maximum expenditure of 30 percent of income on housing. Stable, affordable housing requires a community-based strategy for job [...]
Nowhere is the impact of U.S. deindustrialization and a shifting economic base more apparent than in south Los Angeles. Yesterday’s off-site visit to the neighborhood revealed the ways that changing demographics and economic challenges are deeply intertwined.
Thirty years ago, south L.A. was home to a predominantly African-American community that had solid livable wage jobs [...]
Immigrant integration—the process through which immigrants and local communities build mutual connections—is being supported by foundations across the country. Although it may seem that this work is relevant only to funders in states that have been traditional U.S. entry points (such as California and New York), it is increasingly essential to philanthropies in new immigrant [...]