The effectiveness of even the most well-designed preservation programs depends on the timely identification of at-risk properties. A strong data collection effort can help municipalities identify which affordable rental properties appear to be at risk of loss and for what reason, and target their outreach and preservation efforts accordingly.

The recently created National Housing Preservation Database can provide states and localities with a good head start on creating their own databases of at-risk properties. This database incorporates all available data on federally subsidized housing properties and includes nine separate funding streams. It was produced by the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation and the National Low Income Housing Coalition and is updated tri-annually.

Case Studies

Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse

The Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse combines federal and state housing data to produce a comprehensive picture of housing conditions in each Florida community, aiding state and local decision making. One core component of the Clearinghouse is the Assisted Housing Inventory, which contains comprehensive, property-level data about subsidized rental housing in each county and locality. The Clearinghouse is managed by the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida with funding from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the University.

For More Info:

Anne Ray, Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse
Email: [email protected]

Subsidized Housing Information Project (SHIP) database (New York City)

The SHIP database provides access to information on some 235,000 privately owned, subsidized rental properties in New York City. This includes properties developed with financing or insurance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HUD project-based rental assistance, New York City or State Mitchell-Lama financing, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit or one of multiple city subsidy and property tax exemption programs. Created and administered by the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the database, which can be explored through the Center’s Data Search Tool, includes data from 50 different public and private sources that can be easily filtered and viewed on a map.

For More Info:

Sean Capperis, NYU Furman Center
Email: [email protected]