Partnering with PolicyMap, the NYU Furman Center built the Housing Needs Assessment
Tool. Users could now type in their locality and have at their fingertips all the data they needed to approach issues such as housing affordability, racial equity, and health equity.
The Housing Needs Assessment Tool compiles and visually displays
publicly available national data sources, such as the US Census, American Community Survey (ACS), and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The result is digestible city-, county, and metro-level data indicators of local housing need — no specialized data knowledge necessary. Users can also generate a customized report from the tool for every US Census jurisdiction in the country. The report displays and provides context on key data for a locality’s demographics, rental affordability, homeownership affordability, dedicated affordable housing, adequacy of housing production, housing stock characteristics, neighborhood variations, and housing stock for older adults.
Recently, LHS hosted the Housing Solutions Workshop
, where Planning Manager, Jacob Gonzalez of Pasco, WA said, “The Housing Needs Assessment Tool, in particular, revealed a lot about Pasco’s racial equity issues.” NYU Furman Center's Housing Solutions Lab is now accepting applications from local housing policy officials and stakeholders in cities of 50,000 – 500,000 residents. Participants will have access to an ongoing national community of support, timely and practical data and policy resources, and information from housing experts to help them pursue equitable, evidence-based housing policies. Learn more.