Housing

Through our projects, we tackle pressing challenges such as homelessness, housing insecurity, and the ripple effects of gentrification. Recognizing the importance of preserving existing affordable housing and spearheading the creation of new spaces, FUSE collaborates with local governments to craft strategies to ensure every individual has a place to call home. Together, we envision a future where housing reflects inclusivity, affordability, and the foundational right to shelter.
Transforming Public Housing to Provide Better Services for Residents
The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) is working to improve outcomes for residents in need of housing and social services. To support this effort, the agency recruited FUSE executive fellow Della Williams, who helped the city expand and improve wraparound support to Pittsburghers in need of housing.... Read more
Developing a Training and Recruiting Plan to Help the Homeless
L.A. County voters approved a measure that significantly increased funding for homeless services. To support the expansion of these services, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and the Office of Diversion and Reentry hired FUSE executive fellow Thelá Thatch to develop a plan to recruit, hire, and retain... Read more
Streamlining Housing Development Operations to Support Strategic Business Decisions
In an effort to better manage its assets, the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID), which develops and preserves affordable housing, neighborhood investments, and social services for low- and moderate-income families, created an Asset Management Division. To help the division improve its operations, FUSE Executive Fellow Sean Doss... Read more
Improving Health Through Clean Streets and Food Rescue
Los Angeles offers supportive services to people experiencing homelessness, and at the same time it works to keep public spaces safe and clean. To this end, FUSE executive fellow Ann Zald helped the Bureau of Sanitation and Environment improve its processes for homeless encampment cleanup and waste collection. She also... Read more
Improving Livability in Los Angeles
Mark was tasked with improving operations in Los Angeles to produce more livable, economically viable neighborhoods. During his fellowship, he worked with the Office of the City Administrative Officer to design and advance reforms of the city’s public works departments, business improvement districts program, and quality of life enforcement teams.... Read more
Developing a Coordinated Approach to Homelessness
Los Angeles faces a significant challenge in addressing its homelessness crisis. While multiple city departments and agencies are currently engaged with homeless individuals and families, their approaches are not well coordinated. This causes inconsistency of response, high expenditures, and service redundancy. The City Administrative Officer hired Geoff to work with... Read more
Creating an Integrated Approach to Addressing Homelessness
On any given day, approximately 2,300 people experience homelessness in the City of Long Beach. The City’s Department of Health and Human Services leads the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC), which administers housing and support services. FUSE Fellow Sharon Meron worked with the city and the CoC to design... Read more
Reimagining Funding for Affordable Housing
Los Angeles, like many major U.S. cities, is facing a housing affordability crisis. While the city has a severe shortage of affordable housing, prices have grown four times faster than incomes since 2000. FUSE executive fellow Frederick White worked with the Office of the City Administrative Officer and other departments... Read more
Strengthening Code Enforcement for Safer Housing
As rents increase in Oakland, more residents are living in buildings that are noncompliant with municipal codes and safety standards. The city has enacted policies to increase staffing and improve technology for building inspections and code enforcement. The mayor also issued an executive order that calls for working with building... Read more