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Social Reports

We have developed numerous reports that explore many facets of our work. Often created in partnership with some of the most respected experts in their field, these reports offer insightful and actionable insights to help create pathways out of poverty.

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2015 Home For Good Action Plan

Home For Good is an initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, and ultimately all homelessness in Los Angeles County.  This report shows the progress of Home For Good, including an update on our current trajectory and the final gaps to bring our homeless neighbors home for good.  We are at a pivotal moment, with great progress and a solid foundation in place.  We can end homelessness in Los Angeles County, but it will take every single one of us playing a unique and critical role.

2015 Home For Good Action Plan


Pathways Forward: Leadership and Priorities of LAUSD

PathwaysSurveyPicThis report compiled from a survey conducted by the United Way led coalition of civil rights, parent, teacher, community-based and education organizations  marks the beginning of a tradition to garner broad community input on the priorities of public education. We had responses from over 100 local leaders who represent diverse constituencies in our community.

Pathways Forward: Community Survey Report


Helping Our Heroes: Creating Pathways to Veteran Employment

This report examines the unique challenges that post-9/11 veterans face, surveys the local landscape of social services for veterans and offers recommendations on how our community can best fulfill the economic, employment and wellness needs of our servicemen and women as they return home from duty.

Helping Our Heroes: Creating Pathways to Veteran Employment


Home For Good Year 2, 2nd Quarter Report

This report  documents important progress made in the 2nd quarter by community partners toward the year two goals of the Home For Good Plan.

Home For Good Year 2, Quarter 2 Report



Breaking The Stalemate: LA Teachers Take on Teacher Evaluation

Woven throughout this report are recommendations for how various measures of evaluation can support our growth and aspirations as teachers, which will in turn support the development of our students.

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Home For Good Action Plan – 2012 Update

Written in a partnership between United Way of Greater L.A. and the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, this report outlines achievements of year one of  The Home For Good plan and sets priorities for year two.

Home For Good 2012 Action Plan Update




Voices for Change: Public School Choice 3.0

A Report on the Principles and Priorities of Parents, Students and Community Members for New and Low-Performing LAUSD Schools

Voices For Change Report

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Quality Education for Every Child


National Council on Teacher Quality Report

This report was created as a partnership between the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the National Council on Teacher Quality, and a coalition of civil rights groups.  It determines that the educational system in Los Angeles requires significant change, and demonstrates the need for improved state and district practices in order to attract and retain quality teachers.

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Creating Pathways to Graduation: What’s Working

This report examines high-performing middle grade schools in Los Angeles County, offers recommendations to take these successes to scale, and ways that you can get involved.

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Energy Pathways Program

The Energy Pathways Program: A Model for Success

This brief looks at an innovative workforce collaboration program between local education agencies, non profits and industry, called the Energy Pathways Program (EPP) in the southern part of L.A. County (covering areas such as Wilmington, Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Carson).

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L.A. County 10 Years Later: A Tale of Two Cities, One Future

The first quantitative report of its kind, the report compares the social and economic climate in Los Angeles in 1999 to 2009, and finds Los Angeles continues to be a city largely made up of “working poor,” but shows signs of improvement in key areas like education and children’s health insurance

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Homeless Cost Study

Homeless Cost Study

This study examines the public costs of homelessness. Results show that it is over 40% less expensive to place an individual in permanent supportive housing than to leave them on the streets, cycling in and out of costly public services such as emergency rooms and jail.

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Seizing The Middle Ground

Seizing the Middle Ground: Why Middle School Creates the Pathway to College and the Workforce

This report examines the state of middle schools in L.A. County and the importance of middle grades on higher education, youth development, and eventual workforce readiness. The report includes policy recommendations to improve schools and advance a nurturing learning environment for middle school students.

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Quality of Life

Quality of Life in Los Angeles County: The 2008 State of the County Report Update

The 2008 edition of the State of the County Report updates the Quality of Life Index. The index, based on 4 areas that gauge society’s well-being includes measures of health, economics, education, and public safety. Some of the indicators which make up the index include measures of child poverty, student proficiency in math and reading, housing affordability, wages, gang -related crime, access to health insurance and more.

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A-G Story

The A-G Story: Lessons from a Grassroots Movement for Educational Equity in Los Angeles

The A-G story documents how thousands of concerned students, parents and community members mobilized a grass roots movement to make A-G classes available to every L.A. Unified School student. A-G classes are a series of classes that are essential for preparation for college that include mathematics, language arts and science. These classes have historically been unavailable to many poor and minority communities. The report includes strategies for continued progress in this area.

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Quality of Life in Los Angeles – State of the County Report

This edition of the State of the County report  incorporates the Quality of Life Index. The index, based on 4 areas of economics, health, education, and public safety, is a 10 point scale, with a higher score indicating a higher quality of life. Some of the indicators that comprise the index include measurements of obesity, asthma, child poverty, student proficiency in math and reading, housing affordability, wages, air quality, violent crime, access to healthcare and more. This index gives policy makers, the public and the media a better understanding of how L.A. compares to the state and the nation, and provides a roadmap for the future.

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American Dream Makers

State of Women in Los Angeles County

This report provides a range of indicators of overall well-being for women in LA County. These indicators are used to gauge the possible challenges and opportunities Los Angeles women face and will continue to face in the decades to come. Topics include demographics (race/ethnicity, age, and immigration), housing affordability (rent burden, homeownership), health (level of fitness, access to insurance), education (college readiness, education attainment), economics (income, poverty, and entrepreneurship).

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After The Storm

After the Storm: A Preliminary Assessment of the Nonprofit Response to Hurricane Katrina in Los Angeles County

This report is: an assessment of how non-profits and other agencies handled the Katrina influx via relocation, long term recovery and case management, inter -organizational coordination. It details the experiences of evacuees dealing with culture shock of LA, finding help, encountering difficulty with housing and geography. The report includes recommendations for improving the reaction to a future emergency.

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Latino Scorecard 2003

Latino Scorecard: Road To Action

This report updates the indicator, grades, and action agenda from the 2003 Latino Scorecard Report. It examines the state of L.A. Latinos using five important indicators of overall well-being: health, education, economic development, housing and public safety.  The report also provides recommendations on each of these indicators to better serve the Latino population.

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State of Black LA

The State of Black Los Angeles

This report presents the L.A. Equality Index to assess the overall well-being of the African-American community in Los Angeles. The index measures the state of health, education, criminal justice, civic engagement, economics and housing. African-Americans are compared with their White, Latino, and Asian counterparts in L.A. The report includes an Action Agenda to address the issues identified in the report.

Literacy at Work

Literacy@Work: The Los Angeles Workforce Literacy Project

This report details levels of literacy in L.A. County.  It includes a basic survey of literacy programs in the County, statistics on literacy levels, findings from focus groups, and policy implications.

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Asian and Pacific Islander Report

The Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County

This report highlights the diversity of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in L.A. County. Included in the report are characteristics of the API community, such as education, geographic concentrations, economic indicators, languages spoken at home, residency/immigration status, and more. The report also contains policy recommendations on serving the changing needs of this community.

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Latino Scorecard 2003

Latino Scorecard : Grading the American Dream

By analyzing indicators in five areas of well-being, the Latino Scorecard assesses the conditions of L.A. Latinos and how well systems and institution are meeting their needs. These five areas include: health, education, housing, economic development, and public safety. These indicators are created with a view to motivate policy makers and other stakeholders into action.

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TOTC 2003

A Tale of Two Cities /State of the County Report

This report profiles a portrait of 2 distinct Los Angeles Counties. One filled with promise, and the other filled with peril. The report provides data on L.A. County demographics and trends. It documents the growing divide between the haves and have-nots in areas such as education, the economy, housing, homelessness, employment, civic life, community health and crime.

Latino Leadership in Los Angeles

Latino Leadership in Los Angeles: Profiles and Opinions

This report presents demographics of the Latino population in the state, and in Los Angeles County. It also provides a demographic profile of Latino leaders in Los Angeles, and their opinions about the pressing issues.

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Cradle to K Report

From Cradle to K: Ensuring Success by Six For All L.A. Children

This assessment focuses on the needs of L.A.’s children from birth to childhood, addressing how those needs are being met or missed, and suggesting steps to improve as parents and communities. The report includes an overall curriculum on addressing needs which involve: poverty, family life, health, child care, child abuse, and school readiness.

American Dream Makers

American Dream Makers/Creadores del Sueño Americano

This report is a portrait of L.A. Latinos as an emerging socio-political force and includes topics on health, political participation, economic and educational attainment, and more.

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TOTC 1999

A Tale of Two Cities

This document is a summary of the Tale of Two Cities Report, which illustrates L.A.’s potential for opportunity, while at the same time acknowledging the realities and struggles that confront most L.A. citizens. 100 ‘need to know’ facts are presented here from a variety of topics including homelessness, poverty, housing, education, civic participation and more.

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Multi Ethinic Children's Scorecard

Multi-Ethnic Children’s Scorecard

The Multi-Ethnic Children’s Score Card shows data for children of the four largest race/ethnic groups and assesses their standing on measures of well-being. These measurements include good health, safety and survival, social and emotional well being, economic well being, and education readiness.

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