The Urban Institute released a guidebook to help community organizations use data to improve fair housing and access to opportunity. “Using Data to Assess Fair Housing and Improve Access to Opportunity” is designed to help community organizations gain a better understanding of neighborhood conditions, improve their program planning, and enhance their ability to advocate for policy change.
The guide walks through the types of data and resources available for fair housing planning. It offers detailed information about data sources for demographics and segregation, housing, employment, and public safety, among other areas. The guide discusses how local data can be incorporated into planning to affirmatively further fair housing. For organizations contributing to HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) process locally, the guide contains specific references to relevant data sources for the AFH.
On August 24th at 4:00 pm ET, the Urban Institute will co-host a webinar along with the National Fair Housing Alliance and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). The webinar will present the guide and describe how the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center used data to support their successful advocacy around fair housing and access to opportunity.