$4M awarded to 8 impact labs to combat social ills

The partnership is between the Department of Housing & Community Development in Oakland, California, and the Changing Cities Research Lab, which Stanford sociologist Jackelyn Hwang established in 2020 with assistance from the Stanford Impact Labs fellowship program. They began working together two years ago to address residential instability in the East Bay city. The start-up funding will support efforts to advance their work.

“We aim to place actionable data at the forefront of how we serve Oakland residents,” said Shola Olatoye, director of the Department of Housing & Community Development. “We are excited to continue our research partnership with Stanford’s Changing Cities Research Lab led by Dr. Hwang, which supports our equity-driven investment approach to affordable housing.”