HUD Interactive Map Tool
May 11, 2011 11:26 AM Subscribe
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a new interactive mapping tool
for Community Planning and Development agencies, interested agency partners, and the public.
The tool shows the locations of several kinds of federally-subsidized housing, including HUD Multifamily
units, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
properties, and Public Housing
units. It also maps Neighborhood Stabilization Plan (NSP)
target areas, Housing Choice (commonly called Section 8)
voucher concentration, and other indicators of community health (income level, housing vacancy rate, etc), mostly on a Census tract level.
HUD is requesting feedback
on this interactive mapping tool and other measures, using an online discussion forum called UserVoice. The forum is accessible to HUD employees and the general public, and allows participants to share, discuss, and vote on ideas for HUD to consider as they advance their FY 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. This particular tool is aimed at helping local jurisdictions develop Consolidated Plans
that are more useful for planning and decision-making. Local jurisdictions—cities and counties—that receive HUD funding are required to develop a Consolidated Plan outlining housing needs and priority actions every five years, and these plans influence how local governments spend their federal funding dollars.
HUD is considering adding additional data to this map tool, and says that the map data will be updated regularly—though there will be some lag time in rapidly-changing data, such as voucher concentration.