The Housing Indicator Tool is launching in:
What is the Housing Indicator Tool?
The Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) is a one-of-a-kind platform that will provide the most up-to-date information on housing production across the region, in addition to a comparison with established local housing targets. The tool will be updated annually with housing data from each jurisdiction, and the inaugural release will include two years of scorecard data. The best part about the HIT is that it holds ALL HAND members accountable for addressing the Capital Region’s housing affordability challenge.
How can you use HIT?
Track local efforts to produce and preserve affordable rental housing
Hold private, public, and social sectors accountable for making progress on expanding housing options
Access an evaluation on the effectiveness of programs and policies intended to bolster affordable housing production
Underscore the importance of housing as a tool to address racial inequities across the region
Who are the tracked jurisdictions?
- Maryland – Charles County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County
- Virginia – City of Alexandria, Arlington County, City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County
How does HIT work?
The Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) will collect data and measure the effectiveness of inputs, which are processes or interventions designed to deliver outcomes of progress toward expanding housing opportunities.
- Comprehensive Plans
- Inclusionary Housing
- Local Housing Trust Fund
- Property Tax, Impact Fees, and/or Other Exemptions Public Land
- Units permitted compared to production targets
- Total housing units permitted by jurisdiction
- Affordable units permitted
- Location of affordable units
The Housing Indicator will feature special highlights that are being implemented in each jurisdiction. The HIT platform will illustrate in live-time what innovations jurisdictions and sectors are deploying to support meeting the targets.
HAND is excited to host Activations throughout the year and to continue the conversation with jurisdictions represented in the tool. These dynamic sessions serve as a platform for elected officials and HAND’s members to have an open dialogue about the unique nuances of individual jurisdictions and how members can best partner with leaders to create and preserve affordable housing. Keep an eye on our website to stay abreast of upcoming programs, and you can check out our most recent Activations below!
HAND Activation: A Dialogue with Prince George’s County
HAND Activation: A Dialogue with Northern Virginia Part 1
HAND Activation: A Dialogue with Northern Virginia
Expanding the table
HIT is an important advance in diagnosing and addressing housing inequality in the Capital Region. The tool measures the many inputs that are required to produce and preserve affordable housing – both of which are critical first steps in addressing racial and economic inequities in the region. However, simply establishing and meeting specific targets will not guarantee a direct and equitable impact on communities of color. Pursuing racially equitable housing outcomes requires looking at our housing system holistically, structurally, and operationalizing equity throughout the life of each project.
Philanthropic & Private Sector Partners
The tool will call on philanthropic and private sector partners to identify opportunities where funding could be leveraged to increase the supply of affordable housing. The tool will serve as a resource with concrete, actionable steps for putting plans in motion. Users will also find examples of successful models across the region that can provide guidance for organizations as they seek to make a meaningful impact.
You! (HAND Members)
HAND is a 450+ strong, diverse mixture of housing and community development institutions, spanning 20+ industry sectors and jurisdictions across the Capital Region. In addition to the geographic reach of HAND members, the depth of your expertise and thought leadership makes for an incredible pool of possibility. HAND is confident that its members are committed to this cause, and will join us in transforming our communities with the power of housing that is affordable to all income levels.
Our Research Partners