The Affordable Housing Crisis

Our first episode of the Our American Discourse podcast, features a conversation with Raphael W. Bostic. We confront the affordable housing crisis.

Throughout the country, Americans are moving into the cities, and construction isn’t keeping up. Rents are rising faster than incomes. Housing costs are eating away an increasing share of the average family’s budget. Without sufficient renewal, the existing housing stock is aging, and the quality is declining. Affordability has reached crisis levels.

California need the political will to tackle its housing crisis

KPCC’s Take Two reached out to Richard Green, Director and Lusk Chair in Real Estate, to discuss California’s housing problem.  The state of California recognizes the issues, however, the solutions are not so simple. “Once you are in a community, you don’t want anymore traffic. You don’t want any more pressure on your schools,” says Green. “That’s the…

Green on KPCC’s Take Two on Inland Empire Evictions

Richard Green, Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate and Director of the USC Lusk Center, spoke with Take Two about Redfin’s new analysis of renter eviction. “If people have just one financial event happen in their life — something as simple as [blowing out] a tire on their car — they’re much more vulnerable than people closer to…

Raphael Bostic discusses California’s housing affordability problem

In this video, CA Fwd asked Raphael Bostic what it would take for local governments and the state to begin to make a difference with California’s housing affordability problem, including updating planning processes and revisiting the California Environmental Quality Act. To build one million more homes for low- and middle-income Californians in the next 10 years, the California…

CA Fwd interviewed Raphael Bostic on low supply of affordable housing

California Housing Summit will be held in mid-December.  One of the pressing issues to be discussed is how lack of affordable housing affects health.  As housing becomes ever more expensive there are less resources in a household for necessities like education and health, Raphael Bostic told CA Fwd in an interview. The issue is a…

Daily Trojan quotes Bostic in “USC studies impact of housing prices on businesses”

Raphael Bostic, Bedrosian Chair in Governance, was quoted by the Daily Trojan regarding a recent study which looks at the impact of affordable housing on Los Angeles businesses. Preliminary findings of the study, which have already been released, were presented last Friday at the Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit to show the issues ahead of…

Bostic quoted in Beverly Hills Patch on employer concerns that cost of living is driving employees out of Los Angeles

Raphael Bostic, Bedrosian Chair in Governance, was quoted in the Beverly Hills Patch regarding concerns of Los Angeles are employers regarding the high cost of living in the city. Employers are counteracting the region’s costly living conditions by offering benefits packages that provide housing and transportation assistance, according to USC professor and study author Raphael Bostic.…

Bostic and Green op-ed featured in Times Picayune

Times Picayune ran commentary by Professors Raphael Bostic, the Bedrosian Chair in Governance, and Richard Green, Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, and colleagues on the continued nationwide increase in rental rates. Pointing to a slowdown in construction, smaller households, declining renter incomes, as well as the increase in the renter population following…