As the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority, ensuring all Latinos have access to safe and affordable housing is a continuous pressing issue. Gentrification, rising rent costs, stale wages and public assistance charges all distress access to housing for Latinos throughout the nation. Research undertaken by LPPI attempts to investigate what underlying mechanisms at the municipal, state and federal level affect Latino housing, in an effort to provide guidance for evidence-based policy that will address this issue on a broad scale.

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The Mercury News, Development without gentrification? Oakland’s Fruitvale is the model, (March 29, 2018):Researchers from UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative say the transit village has been a boon to the surrounding neighborhood without resulting in gentrification. As many low-income and working-class residents across the state are forced to leave urban areas due to rising rents and home prices, the UCLA researchers said Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has held onto its existing residents, along with its signature Mexican-American culture.”

CityLab, How Transit-Oriented Development Can Prevent Displacement, (April 02, 2018): “Researchers from UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative believe the transformation can be attributed, at least in part, to the transit village itself; a community-planned project that provided the neighborhood with much-needed social services, and an inviting urban design that stimulated commerce and street life.”

CityLab Latino, Mientras todo EEUU deja de comprar casas, los hispanos llegan a un récord de propietarios, (April 16, 2018): “‘Estamos en una crisis, simplemente no hay casas asequibles. Construir nuevas viviendas es tan caro, especialmente en estados y jurisdicciones muy reguladas como California y Nueva York’, dice Díaz. ‘Los salarios no están al nivel de los precios de estas casas. Muchos hispanos y muchos estadounidenses tampoco pueden permitirse un primer hogar de 600,000 dólares, y eso es lo que estamos viendo en California, por ejemplo’”.

CityLab, U.S. Homebuying Slows Down, But Not for Hispanics, (April 19, 2018): “’We are in a crisis, there are simply no affordable houses. Building new homes is so expensive, especially in highly regulated states like California and New York,’ said Diaz. ‘Wages are not leveled with the prices of these houses. Many Hispanics and many Americans simply cannot afford a first home of 600,000 dollars, and that’s what we’re seeing in California, for example.’”

San Francisco Business Times, Real Estate Digest: HP Investors nabs yet another Oakland building, new tenants in Emeryville, signs of life in Bay Area retail and more, (May 15, 2018): The question of how to do economic development without gentrification is one without many good answers, but according to a recent report from UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood may provide a blueprint. This report in the East Bay Times takes a closer look at the report’s findings to see if they square with the reality on the ground.”

The Philadelphia Citizen, Ideas we should steal: Transit Oriented Development, (May 21, 2018): “‘This is a community response and cohesive development,’ says Sonja Diaz, founding director of LPPI and a former policy counsel to Sen. Kamala Harris. ‘The planning started with the community and was driven by the community. You see that simply in the design of it.’”

Metropolitan Planning Council, Equitable transit-oriented development offers a path forward for a historic Woodlawn property, (July 26, 2018): “In a recent study evaluating the impact of the transit village conducted by UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative, researchers found Fruitvale Village has been a stabilizing force against displacement in the surrounding neighborhood.”

East Bay Express, Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification?, (Sept. 19, 2018): “A study released earlier this year by the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative found that while the economic well-being of the residents there improved from 2000 to 2015, the racial demographics of the neighborhood was almost unchanged.”

Book Club Chicago, Can Chicago’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods Grow Without Leaving Longtime Residents Behind? Oakland’s Fruitvale Village Offers Hope, (Nov. 12, 2018):In an attempt to evaluate the impact of the development, researchers analyzed socioeconomic changes in Fruitvale and other census tracts in the Bay Area and across California with similar demographic composition and socioeconomic variables, UCLA researcher Sonja Diaz said.”

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