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Explore our variety of maps to see trends in your community or compare communities across the country.

Average Years Spent Waiting for Rental Assistance

Although HUD recommends that the wait time for assistance not exceed two years, as the need for housing assistance grows and federal funding for housing assistance shrinks, meeting this goal becomes difficult. This map explores the average number of years families in each county spent waiting on HCV and public housing waiting lists before admission in 2013.

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Cost Savings on Investments in Housing

This map explore the ways in which housing can shape resiliency and boost sustainability for individuals and the communities in which they live by increasing spending power and reducing costs.

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Estimating the Unmet Demand for Rental Assistance

In 2012 there were approximately 1.64 million families on waiting lists for public housing units and 2.76 million families waiting for HCVs. However Approximately 48% of HCV waiting lists and 6% of public housing waiting lists were closed to new applicants due to overwhelming demand, artificially lowering the amount of people that can enter the waiting list. Statistical models ‘correcting’ waiting list counts for closures suggest that nearly three times as many families would be waiting per HCV if housing agency waiting lists were not closed. This map explores where HCV waiting lists were closed in 2012 and estimates how many families would be on waiting lists if waiting were not closed.

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Exploring Closed Waiting Lists

Approximately 48% of HCV waiting lists and 6% of public housing waiting lists were closed in 2012. This map explores the percent of closed public housing and HCV waiting lists by county in 2012.

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Exploring the Drivers of Unmet Demand for Rental Assistance

Although HUD recommends that the wait time for assistance not exceed two years, as the need for housing assistance grows and federal funding for housing assistance shrinks, meeting this goal becomes difficult. This map explores the average number of years families in each county spent waiting on HCV and public housing waiting lists before admission in 2013.

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How Far Does Rental Assistance Go?

Publicly supported housing programs help nearly 13 million people build resiliency to poverty, including five million children, two million seniors, and two million disabled individuals. However, only 30% of likely qualifying households receive rental assistance. This map explores the percent of very low-income households served rental assistance in each state.

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Lifting Families out of Poverty through Education

Although education plays a direct role in weaning people off rental assistance, the investment it would take to earn a high school diploma or college degree is insurmountable for many low-income earners. This map explores the high school and bachelor’s degree wage gap and the estimated cost low-income adult learners must pay to obtain a bachelor’s and associates degree.

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Sustainable Communities Build Resilient Residents

Developing opportunities close to all affordable housing options and opening up access to the community for low-income member’s choices are important steps toward improving sustainability, bolstering the economy, and enhancing democracy. This map explores the percent of publicly supported units that are located in opportunity areas by CBSA and classifies which census tracts are designated as average and above average relative to the CBSA average.

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