The National Housing Preservation Database (NHPD) was released on November 29 with the launch of a new website from NLIHC and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC). The NHPD is an address-level inventory of all federally assisted rental properties in the United States, covering more than 70,000 properties and 3.5 million units.
This is the first database to integrate data from all of HUD’s major rental housing programs with information on rental properties funded with Low Income Housing Tax Credits and through USDA Rural Development. The database contains information on property location, contract expiration or mortgage maturity date, property ownership and management, total units, physical inspection scores and other property and subsidy characteristics.
There are 3 main tools on the new website, each allowing users to interact with the data in a different way. The Preservation Tool allows users to filter either by property name or by subsidy type and location. The data can then be filtered further, allowing users to see only those properties with contracts set to expire within the next month to two years. Clicking the “submit” button creates a list that can be exported into Excel. Clicking on an individual property brings up information about all of the subsidies attached to that property.
The database also includes a Research Tool that allows users to download the entire dataset into Excel. Once downloaded, users can filter to the geography or subsidy types of their choice. Users may also add state and local data to this export. Finally, there is a mapping tool that allows users to see all of the federally assisted properties in a given community.
All users must register to view the data available on this website. The simple registration form requires users to provide a valid email address, the name of their organization, the organization type and to indicate agreement with the terms and conditions.
The NHPD will be updated three times a year in March, August and December. The data are cleaned and duplicate information is removed using an automated process in addition to manual evaluation. Every effort is made to ensure the information presented is as accurate as possible. However, there may be inaccuracies, so users are encouraged to use the contact information listed on the website to provide feedback.
Along with the three primary tools, the website also includes a data dictionary, a detailed user’s guide, program descriptions for all programs included in the database and other useful resources.
To view this exciting new tool, visit www.preservationdatabase.org.