Housing strategies revolve around location


Make better, more justifiable decisions for affordable housing and people experiencing homelessness with ArcGIS

Planners at the local level can make significant impacts in government policy. Along with policy makers, planners must be able to define the need, benefits, and challenges in assigning areas for affordable housing and economic mobility, preventing homelessness, and understanding growth capacity. Taking a data-driven approach with GIS, planners can develop multiple housing scenarios and measure their potential effectiveness. Policy makers can then evaluate and visualize these scenarios, collaborate with community leaders, and engage the public to meet expectations for transparency and accountability.

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Identify demographics

Identify and analyze demographic and socioeconomic variables for neighborhoods to assess needs.

Allocate development

Allocate percentages of development to affordable housing as part of a comprehensive plan.

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Evaluate accessibility

Evaluate accessibility to essential services, such as transit, education, and health care.

Understand the impacts of homelessness

Use maps and spatial analysis to understand impacts of homelessness in the area.

Share feedback with stakeholders

Communicate policy to stakeholders, and monitor feedback.

User Story

Tacoma address affordable housing with GIS


City officials in Tacoma, Washington, are addressing the inadequate housing supply and increasing housing affordability using GIS technology.

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Contact us to get started

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