The benefits of partnering with local universities

By Dr. Shawn Flanigan

As part of my interdisciplinary freshman Honors course at San Diego State University titled “Housing, Home, and Homeland,” I had my twenty-six students spend several weeks reading and discussing Matthew Desmond’s renowned book Evicted, and then gave them an assignment to code an interview from Access to Opportunity research in San Diego. As a culminating experience, we visited the Monarch School, an innovative K-12 school for homeless youth in downtown San Diego ….

Study: San Diego Drivers Have 30 Times Greater Job Access Than Transit Riders

NPR San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM featured research by Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on the number of job opportunities for low-income individuals who have access to and from public transit access points. The researchers found that residents of low-income neighborhoods in San Diego with cars have 30 times greater job opportunities compared to…

The Power of One: Why do single women tend to fare better in FSS programs than their married counterparts?

By Alexandra Metz

Access to Opportunity researchers are engaging with families that take part in specialized programs for the recently homeless, and families taking part in a new cohort program designed specifically for single mothers, called the Power of One program.

What does self-sufficiency mean in the face of skyrocketing housing costs?

Dr. Shawn Flanigan, San Diego State University, shares the next installment of our blog on the Access to Opportunity Project. San Diego is consistently ranked among the least affordable housing markets in the United States, topping that list in 2015! Coming in at number two on the list in 2016. Rather than looking exclusively at housing costs, assessments of housing affordability consider housing costs in relation to how many residents of a community could afford to purchase a home at the median price. In 2015, real estate industry research showed that less than half of households could qualify to buy a median priced home in 93.3 percent of San Diego zip codes. This was the highest ratio of any city in the study.

Stories from inside the battle for successful children and families

by Dr. Raphael Bostic and Sheryl Whitney

Opportunity. It has become the buzz word for policymakers across the political spectrum. From Paul Ryan to Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, everyone seems to trumpet the importance of Americans having access to good jobs, quality housing, strong education, healthy food, safe streets, clean air and water. But the more fundamental question is this: What can communities actually do to increase the likelihood that Americans have real access to opportunity?

Study: SD rent to grow faster than rest of SoCal

Raphael Bostic was quoted in a recent San Diego Union Tribune article on SoCal housing. Raphael Bostic, interim director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, said the university’s findings are not overly negative. He said it shows there is strong job growth and the rate of rent increases could slow as new apartments open.…

Study: Rent in San Diego to see steep rise by 2018

Apartment-dwellers in San Diego County can look forward to the highest projected rent increases in Southern California over the next two years, thanks to growing demand and low vacancy rates, according to a report [USC Casden Multifamily Forecast] released Tuesday….”Though multifamily construction permits are back to pre-recession levels and have provided some relief, population and…