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HUD Launches Housing Choice Voucher Data Dashboard

Focus on the Educational Needs of Children Living in Publicly Supported Homes

Seth Embry, PHADA Policy Analyst

In an effort to help public housing authorities (HAs) improve operations of their Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs, HUD recently made public a version of its HCV Data Dashboard. This version provides an overview of national and state level data on voucher program leasing and related data. The tool organizes data collected from HAs through the regular reporting mechanisms and data held by HUD. While the dashboard will be updated on a monthly basis, the data will typically be two months behind. The dashboard is a useful tool for its intended audience (public housing authorities), but as it is also available to the public, additional information and clarification need to be provided to more fully illustrate program performance.

The dashboard is best used to access high-level information about the voucher program, including figures on HAP expenditures, budget and unit utilization, and average per unit costs at the national and state level. (HAs have access to their own data at the local level, including through use of the Two-Year Tool). While HA users can compare their operations to state and national trends, they cannot do so side by side, or make comparisons to specific HAs including peer groups which is available in the Two-Year Tool. Individual HAs are identified in select categories, such as the lists of HAs with the greatest amount of HUD-held reserves and most extreme changes >in per unit costs. However, the data tables for special purpose vouchers (Mainstream, Non-Elderly Disabled, Family Unification, and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) all seem to list every agency administering those vouchers.

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