Keeping the Lights and Water On: COVID-19 and Utility Debt in Los Angeles’ Communities of Color 

A new report authored by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Center for Neighborhood Knowledge measures the extent of utility debt accumulation among customers served by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  Disparities in unpaid bills predate COVID-19 but have deepened since the pandemic’s outbreak. Using data from a November 2020 California […]

Crisis to Impact: Reflecting on a Decade of Housing Counseling Services in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

National CAPACD, in partnership with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, jointly announce the release of Crisis to Impact: Reflecting on a Decade of Housing Counseling Services in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. The research examines the state of housing for low-income AAPIs since the Great Recession and […]

Disparities in the Distribution of Paycheck Protection Program Funds in California’s Congressional Districts

The necessary lockdowns to reduce the spread of COVID-19, along with the ensuing reduction in consumer demand, have created huge economic challenges for small businesses, especially those owned by Latino or Black business owners. To prevent a massive wave of layoffs and small business closures, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic […]

Saving Black Home Ownership: Just and Fair Pandemic Relief and Recovery

This new research brief by CNK in partnership with the National Housing Services of Los Angeles County summarizes the current state of Black homeownership in Los Angeles County and highlights some of the challenges currently brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeownership is a critical issue because it remains a primary source of asset accumulation, […]

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Vulnerability Indicators and At-Risk Smaller Populations in California and Los Angeles: American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and Select Asian Ethnic Groups

Place-based vulnerability indices are valuable analytical tools that policy makers could use to prioritize the most-at-risk neighborhoods for interventions, including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The indicators, nonetheless, may not be appropriate for many at-risk populations, particularly smaller groups that tend to be less geographically concentrated. To better understand the limitations of four vulnerability indicators, […]

Assessing Vulnerability Indicators and Race/Ethnicity

A new report by UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Ong & Associates assesses four vulnerability indicators that are being used by public agencies as policy tools to select the most vulnerable neighborhoods for interventions. These indicators can play a role in prioritizing the provision of pandemic resources and […]