HOUSING INDICATOR TOOL
A DASHBOARD FOR MEASURING PROGRESS TOWARDS MEETING REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS
“Racism, racist policies, racist systems, and racist outcomes will
persist until it is in our economic, political, and cultural interests to choose otherwise.”
Ibram X. Kendi, Author, How to Be an Antiracist
The above quote was shared with our members during HAND’s Racial Equity Learning Series (March 2020).
Can we afford to do more of the same? If nothing changed, would we be solving for the needs in our communities? We asked ourselves these questions when we launched the Housing Indicator Tool (HIT), a platform designed to track local efforts to produce affordable rental housing in the Washington Region. Two years after its inaugural release in March 2021, we are pleased to share an updated version of the tool with HAND members, local jurisdictions, private sector and philanthropic partners.
Dating as far back as slavery, we have operated under a system that was rooted in an ideology that black, indigenous, and people of color were inferior to other races. Over hundreds of years, this structure has permeated our very way of life – from our education system to where we worship and even housing. Redlining, racialized zoning and covenants, subprime mortgages, and disinvestment in black and brown communities are just a few of the ways in which this system has created barriers to opportunity over the course of decades. No matter how overt or subtle, this discrimination has always been designed to secure the dominance of some, and extract social and economic value from others.
This pattern of systemic racism coupled with the ongoing housing affordability challenge in the Capital Region will require an all-hands-on-deck strategy for the path forward. Grounded in racial equity, we invite users to leverage the HIT to address racial and economic inequities through the vehicle of housing. This one-of-a-kind platform holds all of us accountable with the latest information on housing production and preservation, and a comparison with established local housing targets. Further, it provides an update on what policies each jurisdiction is pursuing to achieve greater housing opportunity.
Users of the latest tool can expect: an updated design; new interactive features that put a human face to the housing affordability challenge; new indicators on housing production and preservation outcomes; additional policies the HIT is tracking; and data that speaks to a number of key issues including: rental production for units with income or rent restrictions, production of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units to support our most vulnerable populations, funding needs for maintenance and rehabilitation of public housing units, and local efforts to achieving racial equity through housing.
Housing…. For Whom?
The presentation offers insight into the tool, its significance, and why racial equity is key to the conversations about housing affordability.
Housing Indicator Tool: A Dashboard for Measuring Progress Towards Meeting Regional Housing Needs
Ready to crunch the numbers? Access each
This summary will describe our region’s affordable housing challenge, provide a general analysis of the data collected on the dashboard, and recommended courses of action.
Check out the latest media coverage of the HIT and key updates from our jurisdictions on achieving our housing goals!
- Urban Institute | Addressing Climate Change through Housing Policy: Lessons from the Greater DC Region
- Urban Institute | Five Practices for Expanding Housing Production for Households with Very Low Incomes
- Washington Business Journal | D.C. region continues to produce scant affordable housing for lowest incomes, per new data
- ProsperityNOW | Using Housing Indicator Tool to Serve Black and Brown Communities in the Washington, D.C Region
- DCist | Northern Virginia’s Progress On Affordable Housing? It’s Mixed
- The Washington Informer | RASPBERRY: It’s Up To Us – Solving Affordable Housing Together
- Washington Business Journal | New data tool shows some regional affordable housing progress, but scant production for the lowest incomes
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments | Local jurisdictions press on toward regional housing targets
- Washington Business Journal | Greater Washington grew by 13% in the past decade, per Census
- Washington Business Journal | All on the Line Prince George’s County leaders are betting big on Metro’s Blue line
- Commercial Observer | Washington, D.C.’s 25 Most Powerful Real Estate Players in 2021 | featuring
- Washington Business Journal | Exclusive: Angela Alsobrooks puts Prince George’s Blue Line stations at the top of her economic agenda
- Housing Finance Magazine | Pop Quiz With Heather Raspberry
- The Washington Post | Bowser’s record investment in housing won’t fully meet need, but she’s putting the suburbs
- Washington Business Journal | Viewpoint: Housing fix requires more creativity
- The Washington Post | Opinion: In D.C., the rent is still too darned high
- HousingForward Virginia | HAND Solves For the Need
- Prince George’s County Council | Prince George’s County Council Addresses County’s Affordable Housing Concerns with Unanimous Approval of Dedicated Funding for Housing Investment Trust Fund; Passage of CB-4-2021 Represents Key Investment in Affordable Housing in Prince George’s County
- Urban–Greater DC | Housing Is Hindering the Greater DC Region’s Prosperity. A New Tool Could Help
- WTOP | Affordable housing: Study finds DC region needs to build more
- Washington Business Journal | The D.C. region is falling far short of its affordable housing construction goals, a new study shows
- DCist’s | The Washington Area Is Slow To Build New Affordably Priced Housing, Says Group