The USC Area Dashboard seeks to highlight housing data trends of the USC community including: resident characteristics, the built environment, and housing affordability and stability. This platform is a product of community interest and advocacy, and its purpose is to help community members, community-based organizations, and local policymakers track measurable change, improve local policies and programs, and ultimately advocate for a better quality of life within this community.
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The United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) coalition is the product of a community collaboration formed to prevent the displacement of residents in South Central Los Angeles and to improve the health and economic well-being of low-income communities of color through responsible development. The advocacy efforts of UNIDAD are largely responsible for the fruition of the USC Area Dashboard, through a community benefits agreement negotiated with USC during the University’s “Master Plan” development process. See below for a brief history of UNIDAD, as well as a collection of its partner organizations.
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) establishes the Coalition for a Responsible USC to organize against labor issues with USC campus workers.
The Coalition for a Responsible USC becomes UNIDAD (formerly the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice (FCCEJ)) to focus on eviction, affordable housing, and employment in the LA Figueroa Corridor.
UNIDAD, in their advocacy efforts regarding AEG’s Staples Center development, come to a community benefits agreement for the project; AEG grants funding for housing, parks, residential parking, as well as a source hiring and job training program for South LA community members for Staples Center jobs.
In 2006 USC begins its Master Plan development process for University Park and the surrounding neighborhoods, through the year 2030. In 2008 USC Master Plan is approved by the Board of Trustees.
UNIDAD Coalition begins a years-long campaign against displacement in USC adjacent neighborhoods, and continues advocacy, demanding community benefits from USC’s Master Plan development.
Following UNIDAD organizing, L.A. Council unanimously approves the USC Master Plan with additional community benefits, which includes funding for affordable housing, job training and placement, small business aid, and parks/green space in South LA.
The USC Village initiates its Grand Opening ceremony, marking an end to the development process in the village.
USC's Neighborhood Data for Social Change initiative & the Los Angeles Housing Department launch the USC Area Housing Dashboard to track housing and neighborhood trends in the USC area.