Asian American Businesses: Identifying Gaps and Supporting Recovery 2021

A majority of Asian American-owned businesses in Southern California faced financial losses, closures, and staff reductions during the pandemic, and many of those struggled to access state, federal, or local aid, our new policy brief with the Asian Business Association of Los Angeles and UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center reveals. The brief focused on the ABA […]

The Lens: HIV Prevalence and COVID-19 Vulnerabilities: A Data Mapping Tool

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed concerns about social and structural factors related to health disparities, including those related to HIV. As a partial response to an urgent need to understand whether elevated risk of COVID-19 disease and mortality among persons living with HIV (PLWH) results from related risk behaviors, a higher burden of comorbidities, and/or […]

Keeping the Lights and Heat On: COVID-19 Utility Debt

In collaboration with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, this new CNK brief analzyes household utility debt burden as another measure of the economic pressure facing low-income neighborhoods, with an emphasis on the impacts on racial equity.  Utility debt burden in this brief is defined as the share of households in arrears (i.e., with past-due […]

The COVID-19 Pandemic Housing Crisis: Identifying Owner-Vulnerable Neighborhoods in California

The COVID-19 pandemic has had enormous economic impacts, including creating financial difficulties for many homeowners. While foreclosures have been lower during the public health crisis, primarily due to the current moratorium in place, many homeowners are still receiving pre-foreclosure notices with a disproportionate share going to disadvantaged communities. Many analysts and housing advocates fear that […]

COVID-19 Death and Vaccination Rates for Latinos in New York City

Done in collaboration with the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, this report compares the overall Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) death and vaccination rates of Latinos and non-Hispanic whites (NH Whites) and describes the geographic pattern of these rates across neighborhoods in New York City (NYC). As the first major epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, […]


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 […]