Newsletter: November 2022


New Data on Racial Disparities in Housing & Homeownership, Powered by PolicyMap

The NYU Furman Center’s Housing Solutions Lab recently added several new measures to their Housing Needs Assessment Tool (HNAT) powered by PolicyMap. The added features focus on disparities in housing, breaking down key indicators by race and ethnicity, showing neighborhood poverty rates for various federally subsidized housing programs, and showing trends in the racial homeownership gap.

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Understand Recent Trends in High School Graduation Rates

As the economy evolves, graduation from high school still serves as a critical credential. Graduation rate data, sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the United States Department of Education, is now available in PolicyMap.

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Updated Data

High School Graduation Rate data sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the United States Department of Education, is now available in PolicyMap. Data is presented for the years 2017-2019 at the school district level as the “adjusted four-year cohort graduation rate.”

Average Neighborhood Poverty Rate for Federally Subsidized Housing by Subsidized Housing Type calculated with data from the US Census Bureau and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The average neighborhood poverty rate for the typical federally subsidized housing unit of each program type is calculated as the weighted average of the poverty rates of the census tracts where each type of assisted housing is located within a jurisdiction. Neighborhoods are approximated as census tracts, and average tract poverty is the percentage of households with incomes at or below the federal poverty line. Currently we use ACS 2016-2020 5-year data to get the share of people below poverty in each tract and use HUD and LIHTC data from 2020.

CDC PLACES has been updated to 2020. The CDC’s PLACES program is an expansion of the small area health estimates that they created for their 500 Cities program starting in 2015. The 500 Cities program used statistical techniques to produce estimates for various health outcomes or risk factors at small areas for the largest 500 Cities in the United States. The PLACES program expands these estimates across the country, and makes the data available for Census tracts, ZCTAs, Census places (called Cities on PolicyMap), and Counties.

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