Research Report Using Data to Assess Fair Housing and Improve Access to Opportunity
A Guidebook for Community Organizations
Leah Hendey, Mychal Cohen
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Community organizations working to increase access to opportunity and support fair housing can use secondary data to improve their own program planning, enhance their ability to advocate for policy change, and gain a better understanding of neighborhood conditions. The guide describes types of data and how to think strategically about using data. The guide contains details on data sources related to demographics and segregation, housing, land use, disability, education, employment, environment, health, and public safety. As many of these topics overlap with HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), included is a crosswalk of the topics in the guide to the AFH template.

Appendix A. Small-Area Data Inventory

Appendix B. Data Crosswalk for the Assessment of Fair Housing

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Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Housing Disability equity policy
Tags Employment and income data Racial and ethnic disparities Disabilities and employment Racial segregation Civil rights laws and regulations Multifamily housing Housing affordability Inequality and mobility Community and economic development Racial barriers to housing Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Fair housing and housing discrimination
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center