USC Price School of Public Policy

PELA Skid Row Visit

Price Students Organize Affordable Housing Tour in Downtown L.A.

By Julie Yom

PELA Tour Students tour an affordable housing complex in downtown Los Angeles.
Photo by John Roberson

The Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles (PELA), as a student association within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, organized an affordable housing tour in downtown Los Angeles for Price students on Jan. 20.

Among the attendees were students from USC’s Master of Planning, Master of Public Policy, and Master of Public Health programs with various interests and backgrounds. The tour was led by the Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit organization whose mission is to solve homelessness by developing, managing, and maintaining permanent supportive housing.

Students had the opportunity to visit two housing complexes – the New Carver Apartments in South Park and the Abbey Apartments in Skid Row – and many were surprised by how resourceful and well-maintained they were. In addition to the site visits, students engaged in didactic dialogues with Molly Rysman, the director of special projects at the Skid Row Housing Trust, and Len, a resident ambassador from the trust, to discuss the critical support that the most vulnerable homeless men and women need from the community as they rebuild their lives.