PolicyMap Newsletter: Digital Equity

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High Speed Broadband: Definitions Matter

An opportunity exists to bridge the digital divide with an influx of investment dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and how the FCC defines “high-speed” will have a significant impact on which communities are considered unserved and prioritized for funding.

We’ve updated FCC broadband data on PolicyMap to 2020. This interactive, block level data enables users to evaluate pandemic-era broadband coverage and speed. From telemedicine to remote learning, to work-from-home opportunities, to vaccine availability, access to reliable, fast internet impacted how well households were able to weather the strains of the pandemic.

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Lasting Effects of HOLC Lending Boundaries

Historic lending practices have had long-lasting effects on equitable homeownership in the United States. HOLC “residential security maps” are now available for 202 urban regions on PolicyMap. Follow along as PolicyMap investigates lingering effects in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN.

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Understand the Racial Homeownership Gap Using Ownership Data from PolicyMap

Use new indicators created by PolicyMap to measure the racial homeownership gap in areas throughout the United States. These measures make it possible to compare numerous geographies, understand where disparities lie and create policies that can improve disparities.

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Bikeshare Hawaii

As a nonprofit bikeshare service called Biki, Bikeshare Hawaii uses PolicyMap to identify the various communities it serves for communications and advertising purposes within the Biki bikeshare zone.

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City of Dallas

The City of Dallas uses PolicyMap to expand mapping capacity across departments and to empower Dallas residents with vital information about their own communities.

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Updated Data

We added our newly created Racial Homeownership Gap data to PolicyMap. Data is available at the block group, census tract, ZCTA, county sub, county, and state geographies. The layer has two measurements: a ratio and a percentage gap for comparison between Non-Hispanic white homeowners and homeowners of a given race/ethnicity. Users can look at the gaps for the following ethnicities/races: Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, some other race, and two or more races. This data is updated annually and is available to premium subscribers.

Homelessness data is updated to 2020. The dataset shows counts and percent changes over 1-year and 5-year periods by state and continuum of care. This data is updated annually and is available to all users. We added many new indicators to the dataset, like homelessness by race/ethnicity, age, and gender. Users now can view the breakdowns of All Homeless, Sheltered, Unsheltered, and Homeless Veterans.

The Hospitals Quality of Care data is updated to 2021. The point data shows site information including address, total beds, general rating, mortality, the safety of care, readmission, and patient survey measures. Users also have the ability to filter based on overall hospital ratings, facility types, and rural status. The dataset is updated annually and available to all users.

The BLS Local Area Unemployment (LAU) data has been updated as of December 2021. The layer shows the preliminary unemployment/employment rate and number for December 2021 and the finalized November 2021 data. This data is updated monthly and available to all users.

The data on cancer incidence from the CDC has been updated to 2014-2018. These layers show cancer incidence by type of cancer and by race of the patient at the county and state levels. This data is updated yearly and is available to all users.

Data on Medically Underserved Areas has been updated to 2022. Medically Underserved Areas are defined by HRSA as having “too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty or a high elderly population.” This data is updated yearly and is available to all users.

Fair Market Rent and Small Area Fair Market Rent data from HUD is now updated to 2022. Layers (at the county subdivision and zip code levels) are typically used to determine payment amounts for federal housing assistance programs. Data is updated yearly & available to all users.

The FBI Crime data is updated to 2020 and shows the number and rate of violent and property crimes by county and city. There are individual groups for violent crimes: aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery. Property crimes are grouped by burglary and motor vehicle theft.

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