HUD released a new tool on November 15 that provides easier access to some of the commonly used Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data. This data query tool allows individuals to retrieve data at a specific geographic summary level, including county, city, and minor civil division (MCD), such as a township. Users can select multiple jurisdictions to display. The query result is a cross tabulation of variables including household income, tenure, housing problems, and housing cost burden.
The table generation tool displays the five-year CHAS data (2006-2010). CHAS data are a special tabulation of American Community Survey data provided to HUD by the Census Bureau. These data show the number of low income households that have housing problems and may need housing assistance. Local governments use CHAS data to plan for the allocation of HUD funds. The data is also often used by HUD to allocate grant funds.
Users can also download tables as a PDF or Excel document. Additionally, the tool offers “Market at a Glance” data prepared by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research. Users can obtain an overview of selected economic conditions, demographics, and housing market conditions of particular jurisdictions.
The CHAS table generator is available at: http://bit.ly/1jygWY4