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In this interview, Visiting Scholar Lola Loustaunau discusses her research with food processing workers in Oregon and Washington, how worker health and safety relates to full employment, ways to address barriers workers face, and COVID-19’s impact on workers in essential industries.

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Community Development Research Briefs

Posted February 10, 2023

This report draws from a unique, longitudinal dataset to examine residential instability–in the form of moving and household crowding–in Oakland, California in the last 20 years, with an additional focus on patterns emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors find that lower credit score residents saw sharp increases in rates of moving out in recent years and also experienced rising levels of transitions to crowded housing conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents experiencing instability were generally concentrated in East Oakland and West Oakland neighborhoods–areas that are home to large populations of people of color.

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Analysis of the performance, financing needs and options, and borrowing experiences of small businesses in five western states.

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Access to affordable child care is crucial to parents’ ability to participate in the workforce. However, in many places—especially lower-income communities and communities of color—affordable child care isn’t available to meet this need.

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Who Moved and Where Did They Go? An analysis of residential moving patterns in King County, WA between 2002–2017

Findings show that housing unaffordability has created residential instability, that low- and high-SES residents move less than moderate- and middle-SES residents, and low-SES residents are more likely to move out of the county than other groups.

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