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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: Chris Tilly, Paavo Monkkonen, Michael Lens, Joan Ling, Goetz Wolff, Marie Kennedy, Evelyn Blumenberg, Steven Commins, Vinit Mukhija, Paul Ong, Susanna Hecht, and Michael Storper. 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.

Stream Descriptions

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.

Area of Concentration Requirements

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 Research and Organizing
Housing Core* UP M275 Community Development and Housing Policies OR
UP 229-2 Housing Markets and Policy

UP 280 Affordable Housing Development

Or
ED Core* UP 271 Community Economic Development (will be offered 2017-18, approved substitute is 271B Labor and Economic Development)

UP 237A Sectoral Analysis

Electives (choose two or more from any category below)
Housing Electives UP 219 Special Topics: Housing Markets and Policy

235AB Urbanization in Developing Countries

UP M272 Real Estate Development and Finance (A/UD M272

UP 272B Advanced Real Estate

UP M276AB (LAW M287) Urban Housing and Community Development

UP M288 Leadership, Development & Governance of Nonprofit Organizations

UP 294 Housing in Developing Countries: Policy Objectives and Options

Economic Development  Electives UP CM137/C237C The Southern California Regional Economy (Lbr & Wkplc M180)

UP 271B Labor and Economic Development

UP M234A Development Theory

UP M236A Theories of Regional Economic Development (PP M240)

UP 237B – Urban and Regional Economic Development Applications

UP M257 Transportation and Economic Outcomes

UP 278 Urban Labor Markets and Public Policy

Other Electives UP C184/C284 Looking at L.A.

UP M206A Introduction to GIS (PP M224A)

UP 214 Neighborhood Analysis

UP 245 Urban Public Finance

UP 273 Site Planning

UP 274 Introduction to Physical Planning

UP 285 Women and Community Development: Great Gender Debates