Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility


Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility

Housing is fundamental to our quality of life, not just in Los Angeles, but around the world. UCLA possesses the academic expertise and core public education and service mission to play a leadership role in this area. The Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility addresses timely and critical issues related to urban housing markets, and housing policy and sustainability, particularly the housing needs and outcomes of low-income and workforce households.

The Levine Program, comprised of a multifaceted set of enterprises, challenges and inspires UCLA students to think about broader societal issues in the context of their professional and personal pursuits, empowers UCLA faculty and doctoral students to undertake cutting edge research in the field, and enables the Ziman Center to serve the community by promoting public dialogue and education, all for the betterment of society.

Program Details


The Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility is made possible by a generous gift from Howard and Irene Levine. Mr. Levine is a member of the Founding Board of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and is a distinguished alumnus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In 2011 UCLA Anderson celebrated its 75th anniversary and identified Howard Levine among its 100 Inspirational Alumni.

Graduate Course in Affordable Housing Development

The Levine Program's Affordable Housing Development & Finance MBA course (MGMT298D-Fall Quarter) is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of affordable and workforce housing development. The course will begin by familiarizing students with the site selection and acquisition process, and will then explore the complexities associated with land use, entitlements, and the political landscape. Next, the course will evaluate the various financing tools available to affordable housing developers, including low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, and various federal, state and local funding sources. Classroom activity consists of lectures, case studies, guest speakers, and a final project.

UCLA Distinguished Speaker Lecture in Affordable Housing

The UCLA Distinguished Speaker Lecture in Affordable Housing brings leading industry experts, scholars and policy makers to UCLA to engage students on the critical issues and current trends in affordable housing development and preservation in Southern California. Lecture topics include: affordable housing finance and development in California in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, community economic development, transit-oriented development, homelessness and permanent supportive housing, green building and approaches to creating more sustainable neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

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MBA Real Estate Field Study

The Levine Program's annual MBA real estate field study focuses on affordable housing provision, community redevelopment and sustainability. The field study, a required element of the MBA curriculum, is implemented through the UCLA Anderson School of Management Applied Management Research (AMR) program. The Levine Program's MBA real estate field study partners a team of second-year MBA candidates with a for-profit, non-profit or public sector housing provider or agency to deliver strategic solutions to critical challenges through top-notch analysis.

Each year, the Ziman Center's Levine Program sponsors one organization's $7,500 - $10,000 program fees, which includes a research and travel budget for the team to conduct primary research. The students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor in a directed six-month consulting engagement with the client. Our MBA students provide 1,000-2,000 hours of strategic work over a 20-week period to produce a rigorously tested, professional-grade consulting report based on extensive primary and secondary research.

Previous Levine MBA Real Estate Field Study partnering organizations include: Step Up on Second (2013), Mercy Housing (2014), Many Mansions (2015) and City of Pasadena Department of Housing and Career Services (2016), UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS) (2017), the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle (2018) and A Community of Friends (2019).

Annual Housing Summit

Under the auspices of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, the Levine Program supports an annual summit focused on issues of affordable housing, housing markets, finance and policy.

(Download the report (pdf) from the 2014 UCLA Levine Summit: Toward Building an Affordable Housing Agenda.)

Fellowships in Housing and Sustainability

The Levine Distinguished Fellows Program augments the training of the most gifted and ambitious students pursuing real estate education in the areas of housing affordability, related policy and sustainability at UCLA. Each year, an exclusive group of students will be chosen to serve one-year terms as Levine Distinguished Fellows. Fellows will be selected for their passion for real estate and social responsibility, academic accomplishments, leadership, and service to the real estate program at UCLA.

The program is open to any UCLA Anderson MBA/EMBA/FEMBA student, UCLA Law student, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Urban Planning or Public Policy student, or UCLA Fielding School of Public Health student who is entering the last year of his/her respective UCLA Anderson/Law/SPA/Fielding graduate studies program. Program highlights include honorific designation as a Levine Distinguished Fellow; assigned mentorship with a relevant high-level Ziman Center industry affiliate; social entrepreneurial real estate leadership training, select internship opportunities, and targeted career planning and placement; admission to all UCLA Ziman Center events, including the invitation-only Ziman Center summits, policy briefings, and industry events; and priority participation in designated case studies.

Housing and Sustainability Research

The Levine Program annually awards research stipends to UCLA faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and visiting scholars to undertake cutting edge research in the field of housing, housing finance, health and housing and sustainability.   Academic research papers funded by the Levine Program are disseminated via the UCLA Ziman Center Working Paper Series and monthly UCLA Economic Letter.