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Housing Needs Assessment Tool Helps Provide Local Housing Solutions

Dr. Gerardo Marti – January 10, 2023

Uptown Charlotte, NC

The Housing Needs Assessment tool is a valuable resource for those working in the housing and community development fields. Created in partnership with PolicyMap, this tool provides detailed reports for every US Census jurisdiction in the country, and so allows users to analyze and assess the housing needs of their communities, providing important insights and information that can help guide decision-making and planning efforts.

One of the key features of the Housing Needs Assessment tool is its ability to provide a detailed analysis of the current housing market in a given area. By using data from a variety of sources, including the American Community Survey (Census Bureau) and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the tool can provide a comprehensive view of the housing needs of a community by giving information on the availability and affordability of housing in that particular community. This is beneficial because it can help users understand the specific challenges and opportunities facing their communities, and can help inform the development of strategies to address those challenges.

Rental Information for Charlotte, NC (2020): Housing Assessment Needs Tool / PolicyMap

Another important feature of the Housing Needs Assessment tool is its ability to provide insights into the demographics of a given community. This can include information on the age, income, and race of residents, as well as other factors that may impact housing needs. This information can be particularly useful for those working on housing initiatives that are focused on serving specific populations, such as seniors or low-income individuals.

Race and Ethnicity Demographics for Charlotte, NC (2020): Housing Assessment Needs Tool / PolicyMap

In addition to providing detailed information on the housing market and demographics of a community, the Housing Needs Assessment tool also offers a range of analytical tools that can help users better understand the data they are working with. For example, the tool allows users to create custom maps and charts that can help visualize the data in a more meaningful way. This can be especially helpful for those who are not familiar with working with large data sets, as it can make the information more accessible and easier to understand.

Overall, the Housing Needs Assessment tool is a valuable resource for those working in the housing and community development fields. By providing detailed information on the housing market and demographics of a community, as well as a range of analytical tools, the tool can help users better understand the housing needs of their communities and develop strategies to address those needs. Whether you are a community development professional, a policy maker, or simply someone who is interested in understanding the housing needs of your community, the Housing Needs Assessment tool can provide valuable insights and information.

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Gerardo Martí, PhD, one of Brownicity’s advisors, is Professor of Sociology at Davidson College. Recognized for his outstanding scholarship, Dr. Martí is President of The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)  His most recent book is American Blindspot: Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency (2020). Follow Dr. Gerardo Marti on twitter and find more of his work here.

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