Victoria Basolo

Affordable housing continues to be a critical need in communities throughout California and the country.  The issues involved in ensuring decent, affordable housing is available to all persons regardless of income are complex and involve competing interests.  Public policy makers, the agencies charged with designing and implementing affordable housing policy, developers, and individuals involved in advocating for lower-income persons face significant barriers in achieving affordable housing goals. The contents of the presentations and papers offered here are intended to contribute to the housing policy debate. These presentations and papers include discussions of the need for affordable housing and strategies to meet the need, the implementation of Proposition 46, housing and public policy trends and their potential meaning for public housing authorities, demographic data on Orange County, CA, data on the recipients of housing choice vouchers in Santa Ana and Orange County, CA, demographic data and a model for housing policy in Ventura, CA, as well as other housing related topics. 

Making Housing More Affordable (UCLA Public Policy Symposium, Arrowhead, CA, 2007) (PPT)

Patterns of Change: A Snapshot of Demographics in the Inland Empire (2007) (PPT)

The Complex Dynamics of Inequality: Social Structure, Spatial Distribution, and Housing Policy (2006) (PPT)

Affordable Housing and Suppy in California (2005) (PPT)2

Affordable Housing Delivery: Demographics and A Rationale for Action (Orange County, 2004) (PPT)3

Learning from the Implementation of Prop 46 (2006) (Word doc)

Satisfaction Mobility and Spatial Concentration: An Analysis of Survey Responses from Voucher Holders in Orange County, California (2005, with M.T. Nguyen) (PDF)

Residential Attitudes and Choice: A Study of Housing Voucher Holders in Santa Ana, California, prepared for the Santa Ana Housing Authority (2003) (PDF)
Policy Claims with Weak Evidence: A Critique of the Reason Foundation Study on Inclusionary Housing in the Bay Area (2004, with N. Calavita) (PDF)1

Integrated Program to Address Workforce Housing and Social Needs in the City of Ventura, CA (2003) (PDF)

Housing and Public Policy Trends: Extrapolating into the Future for Public Housing Authorities (2003) (PDF)


Does Mobility Matter?  An Analysis of Housing Voucher Holders’ Neighborhood Conditions by Race and Ethnicity. Housing Policy Debate 16(3/4):297-324 (2006, with M.T. Nguyen) (PDF)5

Local Response to Federal Changes in the Housing Voucher Program: A Case Study of Intra-Regional Cooperation. Housing Policy Debate 14(1/2):143-168 (2003) (PDF)5
Understanding the Neighborhood: From Residents’ Perceptions and Needs to Action. Housing Policy Debate 13(1):83-105 (2002, with D. Strong) (PDF)5
The Impacts of Inter-City Competition and Intergovernmental Factors on Local Affordable Housing Programs. Housing Policy Debate 10(3):659-688 (1999) (PDF)5


1.  Links to the web site of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California
2.  This presentation was made in long ans short versions to the University of California Center Sacramento and the League of California Cities respectively.
     The longer version is posted here.
3.  This presentation, presented to the City of San Juan Capistrano, is a consolidated, revised, and expanded version of two previous
     presentations titled, "Population, Housing, and Employment, Orange County, CA" and "Growing Rationally: The Significance of 
     Housing for Orange County."
4.  This paper is not directly housing related; it focuses on measurement of intercity competition (one possible explanation for the lack of affordable housing in regions).
5.   Links to the web site of the Fannie Mae Foundation

Planning, Policy, & Design

Victoria Basolo