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Using Data to Assess Fair Housing

As a community-based organization or nonprofit affordable housing developer, your chief goal is to provide equitable access to opportunity and address barriers to fair housing. There are many sources of data out there that can help you understand the broader context in which you are operating and help you further your cause. But for those organizations without evaluation and assessment professionals on staff, it can feel overwhelming just to know what data to use and what it’s telling you.

Urban Institute has released a guide, Using Data to Assess Fair Housing and Improve Access to Opportunity, to help community organizations make sense of data sources and understand how to use them. The guide walks through how organizations can use data to understand conditions in the local community, identify patterns of inequitable development, and illuminate the connections between factors like housing location, income, crime and health. With this knowledge, housing organizations can improve their program planning and can also be better equipped to advocate for improvements to the conditions that lead to inequality and lack of opportunity.

The guide also provides a thorough description of where to find data sources for different types of information relating to many domains that affect fair housing, such as land use, education, employment and public safety. The guide cross-references the data sources with HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing template.

Read the full guide and view a webinar on the topic here.

Posted in Planning, Affordable Housing

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