Press & Publications



Los Angeles Reef Project Draws Concerns of Resident Displacement

by Mayde Gomez, ABC7 - Community members say the development is being rushed forward by city leaders and will have a negative impact on the community.

As USC Student Housing Increases, Affordable Housing Harder to Find for Residents

by Jennifer Velez, KPCC - Through the United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement campaign, SAJE and other organizations are working with the university to see that economic development happening in the area includes affordable housing and access to jobs, and preserves businesses serving local residents.

Community Agreement in Major Development to Boost Good Jobs and Affordable Homes in South L.A.

Press Release - Los Angeles Planning Commission approves a project to include affordable housing, quality jobs for local residents, opportunities for small business and homeless support services


Geoff Palmer’s Faux-Italian Renaissance Goes Up in Flames

by Marc Haefele, Los Angeles Magazine - UNIDAD struggles in a fight for affordable housing alongside new student housing developments, but comes out victorious


The Isolated Fortress of USC

by Martin Berg, LA Weekly - An informative piece that discusses the different points of view regarding USC and affordable housing

A Threat, or Improvement?

by Sandy Banks, Los Angeles Times - Some USC neighbors worry that a project to redevelop a shopping center near campus will destabilize the area rather than enhance it.

Neighborhood Advocates Win $20 Million Fund To Soften USC Expansion's Impact

by Katherine Davis and Courtney Fowler, Annenberg Digital News - UNIDAD and SAJE call for an increase in contributions for USC's expansion project and achieves victory of $20 million


South Los Angeles community leaders sign agreement for Lorenzo Project

by Community Contributor, Annenberg Media Center - Community organizations working with UNIDAD announced the signing of a Community Benefits Agreement with developer Geoff Palmer for his upcoming ‘Lorenzo Project,’ to be located on what used to be the North Campus of the Orthopedic Hospital at 23rd St. and Flower


USC plans $900-million Shopping and Residential Upgrade

by Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times - In what is described as the most ambitious construction project in South Los Angeles in a generation, the university plans to replace an outdated shopping center with a retail, cinema and hotel complex that would also include dorms for about 5,000 students



UNIDAD Reef Development Community Benefits Proposal March 2016

UNIDAD community benefits proposal developed by over a hundred residents and stakeholders over the course of several months to mitigate impacts of the Reef Development


Planning, power, and Possibilities: How UNIDAD is Shaping Equitable Development in South Central LA

By Manuel Pastor, Vanessa Carter, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, and Robert Chlala USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)


A Rapid Health Impact Assessment of the City of Los Angeles’ Proposed University of Southern California Specific Plan

Conducted by Human Impact Partners in conjunction with a panel of impacted residents. With support from Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.