Project-based housing is a crucial part of our national strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
But some of this housing is at risk of leaving the affordable inventory for a variety of reasons. Preserving this housing is good policy; it is a cost-effective way to invest in our communities.
The National Housing Preservation Database is a powerful new tool for preserving America’s affordable rental housing. It provides communities with the information they need to effectively preserve their stock of public and assisted housing. The database is part of NLIHC’s longstanding, data-driven effort help preserve this vital supply of affordable rental homes.
Available at www.preservationdatabase.org, this database is the first of its kind to integrate information on all housing subsidies for each federally subsidized project. It enables advocates and researchers to easily quantify the supply of federally assisted affordable housing in any geography while at the same time establishing a baseline of subsidized affordable units against which future levels can be measured.
NLIHC has worked for many years to develop this preservation database. The following publications track the development of the database tool and may be of interest to those seeking to preserve affordable housing:
- June 2006 | Research Note #06-03 | An Exploration of State-and Local-Level Subsidized Housing Catalogs
- January 2008 | Research Note #07-02 | Laying the Groundwork for a National Preservation Catalog: Findings on Subsidized Housing Data Collection Efforts at the National Level
- April 2010 | The Preservation Guide | Federal Housing and Homelessness Plans: Potential Tools in the Affordable Housing Preservation Toolbox
Please contact Megan Bolton, Research Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-1530 x245 to learn more about the National Housing Preservation Database and how it can augment or improve your local preservation efforts. Members of the media should contact Renee Willis, Vice President for Field and Communications, at 202.662.1530 x247 or email@example.com.