UCLA Asian American Studies Center Policy Reports
Developed for the Ford Foundation's Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime Initiative (BESOL)


Pathways to Trouble: Homeowners and the Foreclosure Crisis in Los Angeles Ethnic Communities

"Pathways to Trouble: Homeowners and the Foreclosure Crisis in Los Angeles Ethnic Communities," a report by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and UCLA Center for the Study of Inequality examines the diverse circumstances and conditions that shaped homeowners' experiences of default and foreclosure in Los Angeles. The report not only uncovers why immigrants and communities of color were at higher risk of foreclosure, but it also reveals strategies to cope and resolve homeowners' housing and financial issues, which are critical for better understanding the economic mobility of these populations. The report concludes with recommendations to help troubled families and the non-profits that serve them.

Pathways to Trouble: Homeowners and the Foreclosure Crisis in Los Angeles Ethnic Communities

September 2014

By Deirdre Pfeiffer, Karna Wong, Paul Ong, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca

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Press Release >> UCLA Report Uncovers Why Immigrants and Communities of Color Were at Higher Risk of Foreclosure in Los Angeles

Pathways to Trouble Report >> UCLA_CSI_Pathways_September_2014.pdf

   


Asian American Population and Asset-building Trends

Narrative Report:

As pensions decline, health and educational costs rise, home values and savings accounts shrink, and benefits under Social Security continue to be severely threatened and limited, asset-building strategies are needed now more than ever to close the racial wealth gap. In the aftermath of the Great Recession and foreclosure crisis, the goal of this report was to provide critical socioeconomic quantitative information and statistics on Asian Americans that would be useful for the BESOL state and regional asset-building coalitions in: 1) Developing their policy agenda, 2) Assisting with outreach by identifying where Asian American populations are concentrated residentially and geographically, which can perhaps lead to the strengthening of coalition efforts, and 3) Understanding cultural and linguistic barriers unique to Asian Americans, especially the Asian ethnic subgroups that are most in need.

The quantitative data is meant to be used in relation with other sources of knowledge (qualitative, historical, voices from community leaders etc.) in order to offer fuller and more nuanced explanations. It is vital that we use multiple frameworks (research, organizing, advocacy, etc.) as we think about how to improve access and knowledge of asset-building programs and practices for underserved communities of color and end the widening racial wealth divide.

Technical Report:

The Technical Report is a supplement to the state and regional narrative reports prepared for the Ford Foundation's Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime (BESOL) Initiative. It is divided into three sections: (1) Methodology, (2) Definitions, and (3) Data Tables and Charts. The demographic data tables and charts are provided at the State and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) level and include the following:

  1. Population: Population composition and percent growth.
  2. Nativity: Data on the foreign-born population.
  3. Language: Data on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) for the total population, foreign-born population, and native-born population.
  4. Education: Educational attainment data regarding population having earned less than a high school diploma; with a Bachelor's degree; and with a graduate or professional degree.
  5. Economic Status: Median household income, very low-Income, per capita income, average household size, poverty rates, and other public and private income sources (specifically, cash public assistance, Social Security income, and retirement income).
  6. Housing Trends: Homeownership, median home values, and homeowner housing cost burden.

 

A Narrative Report of the Asian American Population and Asset-building Trends of California

May 2013

By Ada LingJun Peng, Chhandara Pech, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Paul M. Ong & Karna Wong

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Narrative Report >> UCLA_BESOL_CA_NAR.pdf

Technical Report >> UCLA_BESOL_CA_TECH.pdf

A Narrative Report of the Asian American Population and Asset-building Trends of Illinois

May 2013

By Ada LingJun Peng, Chhandara Pech, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Paul M. Ong, Karna Wong & Christina Aujean Lee

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Narrative Report >> UCLA_BESOL_IL_NAR.pdf

Technical Report >> UCLA_BESOL_IL_TECH.pdf

A Narrative Report of the Asian American Population and Asset-building Trends of Oklahoma

May 2013

By Ada LingJun Peng, Chhandara Pech, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Paul M. Ong, Karna Wong & Christina Aujean Lee

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Narrative Report >> UCLA_BESOL_OK_NAR.pdf

Technical Report >> UCLA_BESOL_OK_TECH.pdf

A Narrative Report of the Asian American Population and Asset-building Trends of Texas

May 2013

By Pamela Stephens, Chhandara Pech, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Paul M. Ong, Karna Wong & Christina Aujean Lee

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Narrative Report >> UCLA_BESOL_TX_NAR.pdf

Technical Report >> UCLA_BESOL_TX_TECH.pdf

A Narrative Report of the Asian American Population and Asset-building Trends of Southeast Region

May 2013

By Chhandara Pech, Pamela Stephens, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Paul M. Ong & Karna Wong

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Narrative Report >> UCLA_BESOL_SER_NAR.pdf

Technical Report >> UCLA_BESOL_SER_TECH.pdf

   


East San Gabriel Valley Report

A separate intensive case study report was produced on the East San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County, a neighborhood that has a mix of large population concentrations of Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites. The report examines the impact of the foreclosure crisis on Asian American asset building, in particular the gains and losses through homeownership. Similar to other racial groups, homeownership makes up a large share of assets, and any changes may indirectly help us understand overall declines in net worth for racial minorities. The East San Gabriel Valley case study analysis utilized data from Los Angeles County assessor's office (parcel data), American Community Survey (PUMS sample), DataQuick (purchases, defaults, and foreclosures), and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (lending information).

Asian American Homeownership and Foreclosure in East San Gabriel Valley: An Analysis of a Los Angeles County Community

May 2013

By Paul M. Ong, Diem Linda Tran, and R. Varisa Patraporn

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East San Gabriel Valley Report >> UCLA_BESOL_ESGV.pdf

   

 

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