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The unifying goal of CEDH is to improve the lives of low-income and marginalized groups directly, using a variety of tools and strategies ranging from organizing and activism, housing development and housing policy reform, job creation, skill development, and traditional and innovative financial instruments. CEDH instructors include: Amada Armenta, Evelyn Blumenberg, Steven Commins, Susanna Hecht, Michael Lens, Joan Ling, Jose Loya, Paavo Monkkonen, Vinit Mukhija, Paul Ong, Michael Storper, Veronica Terriquez, Chris Tilly, Mark Vestal, and Goetz Wolff. Faculty research focuses on a wide variety of topics, such as job accessibility and commuting among welfare recipients, the relationship between housing subsidies and crime, gender and race in planning, tenant organization in public housing, housing finance and residential segregation, property rights and tenure, and strategies for improving jobs. Although most faculty research focuses on the U.S., a number of faculty members in CEDH study these issues internationally.

Graduates from CEDH work in a wide variety of positions, from community-based organizations such as the East Los Angeles Community Corporation, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and Trust South LA; to non-profit and commercial housing developers such as Esperanza Housing Corp., Creative Housing Associates., and Community Dynamics; to public sector agencies such as LA City Housing and Community Investment Dept., the LA Mayor’s Office, and the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission; to labor unions such as UNITE HERE!, the Service Employees International Union, Building Trades, and the AFL-CIO LA; and private sector organizations with community planning interests such as Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Chase Community Development Lending and Estolano, LeSar, and Perez Advisors LLC.

In addition to interning at many of the organizations listed above, CEDH students have also recently completed internships with the Bus Riders Union, California Calls, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Little Tokyo Service Center, Unión de Vecinos, and Venice Community Housing.

In order to guide their study, CEDH students select one of two streams of study; Housing or Economic Development.

Housing
This stream offers the opportunity to explore innovative policy approaches to housing – particularly in nonprofit housing development – while learning the traditional tools of housing policy and planning. Current housing issues are assessed against a historical background of goals and effectiveness in improving housing outcomes, as well as the secondary impacts of housing policies and their connections to local economic development. The analysis casts a critical eye at understanding opportunities for building coalitions among low-income tenants, community-based organizations, and development professionals, as well as links to organizing among labor, women, and social service providers. The real estate methods provide a thorough grounding in current practice with an emphasis on affordable multifamily development. Many courses draw on international examples as well as domestic.

Economic Development
This stream offers classes and projects that explore the theories and methods of community economic development, focusing on jobs, business development, and livelihoods. Community economic development encompasses business development, workforce development and skills, job improvement strategies, and finance mechanisms. The community focus and interest in working with people at a local scale, often in ways that involve community participation or organizing, are defining aspects of this stream.

In addition to the core Urban Planning courses, students in CEDH are required to take five courses plus the CEDH urbanization requirement:

Urbanization Requirement UP 242 Poverty & Inequality

Students must choose the Housing Stream or the Economic Development Stream. Listed below are the three required core courses for each stream. Students must also take two electives to be chosen from any category or set of categories.

CEDH Core (required) UP 283 Community Development, Organizing, and Engagement (when not offered, UP 223 Critical Race Studies can serve as a substitute)
Housing Core UP 280 Affordable Housing Development

Take one of:
UP 239 Housing and Segregation
UP 296 Housing Policy

OR
Economic Development Core UP 271A Community Economic Development
UP 237A Sectoral Analysis (when not offered, UP 239 Local Economic Development Methods can serve as a substitute)
Electives (choose one from your Core (Housing or Economic Development) plus one from any of the following sections
Housing Electives UP M272 Real Estate Development and Finance (A/UD M272)
UP 272B Advanced Real Estate

The following three courses are Housing Electives if not taken as a Housing Core:
UP 239 Housing and Segregation
UP 239 International Housing Policy
UP 296 Housing Policy

Economic Development  Electives UP CM137/C237C The Southern California Regional Economy (Lbr & Wkplc M180)
UP M236A Theories of Regional Economic Development (PP M240)
UP 238 Global Labor Markets and Public Policy
UP 257 Transportation and Economic Outcomes
UP 271B Labor and Economic Development
UP 278 More Jobs, Better jobs: Work and Policy
Other Electives UP M206A Introduction to GIS (PP M224A)
UP 219A Cities and Immigration
UP 222C: Advanced Planning Theory: Social Life and Difference
UP 223 Critical Race Studies
UP 229 Latino Urban Issues
UP 229 Planning in Black Communities
UP 236B Globalization
UP 241 Policing Through Bureaucracy: Encounters with City and State
UP 245 Urban Public Finance
UP 273 Site Planning
UP 274 Introduction to Physical Planning