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The United States is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. This crisis stems from a widespread and acute lack of affordable low income, and supportive housing across the United States in all communities - urban, suburban, and rural. The lack of access to affordable, low income and supportive housing disproportionately affects people of color, individuals with disabilities, and people involved in the justice and child welfare systems.
At the center of the solution, there is the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national nonprofit organization on a mission to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build equitable and thriving communities. Working with community decision-makers, policymakers, advocates, developers, and urban planners, they aim to build the case for sufficient affordable housing linked with supportive services in every community across the United States.
To accomplish this work, CSH and mySidewalk collaborated and developed an interactive, accessible data assessment to give national support for advocates of affordable and supportive housing. The CSH Housing Affordability Report seamlessly integrates over 20 data visualizations with the story of housing burden that is all too familiar for millions of households every day. The goal: to develop adequate, affordable housing, as well as low income and supportive housing units in proportion to every communities’ needs.
Features of the report:
This assessment is a chance for us to acknowledge that everyone deserves to live in a supportive community with a home they can afford. It’s a space where we learn that renters often earn just a fraction of what homeowners earn, and yet can pay even more for housing. By using this report, you can discover barriers into homeownership for those in your community and begin to break them.
“We are proud to launch our new Affordable Housing Report within the mySidewalk platform. mySidewalk has made available an enormous quantity of data for analysis. They are a mission-oriented company that works to understand their clients. They have become a reciprocal partner of CHS and helped us meet our goals to create data that accurately defines the problem and achieves more equitable outcomes.” - Kim Keaton, Director of Data and Analytics at CSH
The CSH Housing Affordability Report is available in Chart, the data visualization and storytelling platform from mySidewalk.
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Brandon Gumm joined the mySidewalk team in 2017 from the Port of Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority where he worked as a commercial development associate. After several years of helping build communities from the ground up both at the local and regional level, Brandon now works with partners around the country designing tools that help track, analyze, and communicate their performance and impact. He works alongside all mySidewalk customers to make sure the work they are implementing is helping them make progress on their goals and producing measurable outcomes.
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