Ben Carson tapped to address housing issues, but is he qualified?

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former campaign rival Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Is Ben Carson the man to run HUD? “He’s certainly not qualified from any conventional standpoint,” says Richard Green, director and chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. There is more to…

Raphael Bostic on KPCC’s AirTalk: Dr. Ben Carson, HUD & Impact on So Cal Housing Policy

How Ben Carson at HUD could impact Los Angeles housing In his latest cabinet member choice, President-elect Trump surprised many when he tapped former GOP presidential rival Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The announcement, which came Monday morning, 12/5/2016, is a continuation of Trump’s theme…

When Your Livelihood Is Too Far Away: Housing as a Platform to Jobs

A couple years ago, some of my colleagues at USC set out to answer an old question with a new twist. They wanted to know how many jobs you could find if you lived in a low-income neighborhood. Specifically, they wanted to know how many jobs you could commute to.

Most Americans take it for granted that employment is place-based. You can’t work at a building that’s too far away. But what happens when you can only afford to live in a few of neighborhoods in a city, a reality that many low-income families face? How many jobs are too far away?

HUD at 50

On January 12th in Washington DC, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research commemorated HUD’s 50 years. Raphael Bostic, the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, co-authored HUD at 50: Creating Pathways to Opportunity (see Chapter 3) and was a discussant on the panel of The Evolution of HUD’s Policies…