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.
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.
MBA Course in Affordable Housing Development
The Levine Program's UCLA Anderson MBA elective course, Affordable Housing Development (TBA, Spring Quarter), provides Anderson students, UCLA Law students and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Urban Planning and Public Policy graduate students with a critical foundational understanding of social entrepreneurship and the manner in which it can be applied to address housing affordability and sustainability needs and opportunities. Taking the perspective of the investor, the course examines how housing and other real estate investments can achieve double-or even triple-bottom line benefits to investors and society. The course explores methods and areas in which real estate investors can achieve a positive social impact. Course topics include affordable housing development, "green" building and sustainable cities, senior housing and assisted living, charter schools, transit-oriented development, community redevelopment, and public/private partnerships.
UCLA Distinguished Speaker Series in Affordable Housing
The UCLA Distinguished Speaker Series in Affordable Housing brings leading industry experts, scholars and policymakers 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, permanent supportive housing, green building and approaches to creating more sustainable neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The lecture series is jointly sponsored with The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law.
MBA Real Estate Field Study
The Levine Program's annual MBA real estate field study focuses on affordable housing provision and sustainability. The field study, a required element of the MBA curriculum, is implemented through the UCLA Anderson School of Management Applied Management Research program (AMR). The Levine Program field study consists of five second-year MBA candidates who work under the guidance of a faculty advisor in a directed six-month consulting engagement with a for-profit, non-profit, or public sector housing provider or agency. The objective of the project is to provide students with hands-on experience in business applications and consulting while simultaneously contributing significantly to strategic problem-solving for the assigned client. (Previous Levine MBA Real Estate Field Study partnering organizations include Step Up on Second and Mercy Housing.)
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, or UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Urban Planning or Public Policy student who is entering the last year of his/her respective Anderson/Law/SPA graduate studies program. Program highlights include honorific designation as a Levine Distinguished Fellow; assigned mentorship with Howard Levine and/or other Ziman Center board member; select internship opportunities and targeted career planning and placement; complimentary admission to all UCLA Ziman Center events, including board meetings, 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, and visiting scholars to undertake cutting edge research in the field of housing, housing finance, 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.