EVENT:  Livable Cities Lab researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have collected and analyzed years of data to help people separate fact from fiction and pave an informed path to housing solutions. The team will host a public release of its groundbreaking study that explores the real effect on home values and rates of crime before and after the placement of affordable housing in communities in Orange County.

WHEN/WHERE:  3-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at City of Irvine Council Chamber, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

INFORMATION:  This event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Register today at:


Media planning to attend should contact Cara Capuano at 949-501-9192 or ccapuano@uci.edu or Mimi Ko Cruz at 714-932-8589 or mkcruz@uci.edu

BACKGROUND:  With increasing homelessness and the inability of affordable housing to keep up with demand, Orange County municipalities are struggling to implement housing solutions that protect vulnerable populations while ensuring the safety and economic health of surrounding communities. Fears of declining home values and increasing crime rates undergird community resistance to affordable housing solutions. Are these fears justified? Can we balance the needs of seemingly disparate populations?


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