How Employers Support Precariously Housed Workers

Report by Victoria Ciudad-Real, Kyle Hulburd, Meghan Nazareno

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation   (Los Angeles)

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted housing vulnerability and its interdependence with employment. Existing research has found that lack of affordable housing, basic amenities, and transportation impede workers from maintaining steady jobs. To address this issue, the USC Price Center for Social Innovation and LeadersUp partnered to examine how employers support workers facing housing precarity through a survey. Participants were recruited online through email newsletters and social media. Responses were gathered between February 16th and February 26th, 2021. The survey was generated through Qualtrics, and multiple response and closed-ended questions were coded and analyzed in Stata. The survey yielded a total of 1,037 respondents from across the LeadersUp and Price Center networks. In the questionnaire, employers were asked about their company’s practices both before and during the pandemic.