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Coachella Valley NDSC | KCET

Residents, policymakers, and practitioners are actively trying to combat the growing issue of rent burden in the Coachella Valley; yet they lack full information, limiting effective intervention.  Lift to Rise is a community-based partnership in the Coachella Valley with the primary goal of advancing a future where all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable, and thriving. Lift to Rise uses a collective impact approach, combining data and the expertise of local organizations to identify gaps by race, gender and other demographics that help address the underlying causes of poverty and rent burden.

As a research partner for Lift to Rise, the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, is conducting focus groups in English and Spanish to understand how residents are coping with increasing rent burden across the region. The focus groups provide critical insight into the vulnerabilities and challenges produced by rent burden, detailing the coping strategies and trade-offs rent-burdened residents are forced to make. 

Additionally, the Price Center is partnering with Lift To Rise in the development of the Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) platform for the Coachella Valley. Scheduled to launch in November, the free, publicly available platform will bring issues facing Coachella Valley residents to light through maps, charts, data analysis, and storytelling. Understanding the forces driving rent burden on both a community and regional level helps improve local policies and programs that lead to a better quality of life for all Coachella Valley residents.

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