Cities in Action: Using Data to Ensure Equitable Allocation of Affordable Housing

City Name: Charlotte, NC

Problem: The city government developed a housing policy in 2011 to advance a goal to distribute the city’s affordable housing investments into more affluent communities, thereby limiting the concentration of poverty within distressed neighborhoods. Over time, local housing conditions in Charlotte began to change, along with the city’s priorities in locating affordable housing development, as low-income residents were displaced because the policy prevented new subsidized housing in some areas.

Solution: Based on community feedback and input from city council, the policy was revised and a new GIS-based tool was created, making use of "site-scoring" methodology.

Outcome: For more than a year, the Housing Locational Tool has provided the council with information regarding the sites proposed for development.

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