October 2019 Newsletter

PolicyMap Mapchats

Advancing the Public Library Mission Through Maps and Data

Public libraries are playing an increasingly crucial role in promoting social wellbeing in communities across the US. And many libraries are turning to data and maps to ensure relevance to those they serve and to fulfill their missions of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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First Book

First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, relies on PolicyMap to identify “resource deserts” and ensure resources get distributed to those who need them most.

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New to PolicyMap is Housing Repair Costs from PolicyMap and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia for 2018.

Unemployment, Employment, and Labor Force Participation from the BLS are updated to August 2019.

CDC Sexually Transmitted Infection (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis) rates are updated to 2017.

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Eligibility and Tract Median Family Income % from the FFIEC, HUD and Census are updated to 2019.

FEMA Disaster Declarations are updated to 2019 Q4.

USDA Rural Development Multifamily Housing locations and Multifamily Guaranteed Loan locations are updated to 2019.

FDIC Bank Failure locations are updated to 2019.

Broadband Internet Availability, Speed and Technology from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are updated to 2018.

Private School locations from the National Center for Education Statistics are updated to 2016-2017.

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages from the BLS is updated to 2018.

Building Vacancy Rates (Residential and Commercial) from Valassis Lists are updated to 2019 Q3 for subscribers.

Hate Crimes from the FBI are updated to 2017.

Community Health Centers and Look-Alike locations from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are updated to 2019.

Public Library locations from the Institute of Museum and Library Services are updated to 2017.

Fair Market Rents and Small Area Fair Market Rents from HUD are updated to 2020.

Bank Branch locations from the FDIC are updated to 2019.

Trust for Public Land’s Park Access data is updated to 2018.

GreatSchools School Performance data have been updated to include tests from 2012 to 2018. GreatSchools School District Test Scores have been updated from 2012 to 2018, as well.

Distance to High Performing Public Schools data from PolicyMap based on GreatSchools school performance data has been updated as of 2019.

Medically Underserved Areas from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are updated to 2019 Q4.


How Much Money Is Needed To Repair Housing Across the US? With our partners at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, we discovered just how big the problem is. Learn more.

Opportunity Zone investments can deliver enhanced community development benefits when stacked with other incentives. Learn how.


October 19-22, 2019

October 19 – 22 Tom Love attended the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) Conference in Boston, MA

October 20 – 22 Elizabeth Nash attended the Root Cause Coalition Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in San Diego, CA

October 29 – Maggie McCullough and Kristin Crandall will be attending the Population Health Alliance Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus in Washington, DC

November 1 – Kristin Crandall will be presenting “Measuring and Understanding the Underlying Causes of Health Disparities” at the Pennsylvania Health Equity Summit in Philadelphia, PA

November 4 – 8 Betsy Minnich will be attending the Charleston Library Conference in Charleston, SC

November 13 – 15 Tom Love will be attending the Southeastern Council of Foundations’ Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA