Econometrica, Inc., is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published all reports related to the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian housing needs. They are available on the study web page at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/native_american_assessment/home.html.
The publication of these reports represents the culmination of more than 6 years of work by Econometrica as a subcontractor to the Urban Institute. The congressionally mandated study was only the second of its kind; the last study was completed in 1996, making this an important and overdue update. This iteration also featured a more intense look at the populations of interest, including in-depth coverage of the housing needs and conditions of Native Hawaiians. Dr. Kristen Corey, Chuck Hanson, and Doray Sitko of Econometrica traveled to Hawaii in 2014 to conduct field interviews with informants and focus groups and to make direct observations of Hawaiian Home Lands maintained by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. An additional six telephone interviews supplemented these in person methods. Data from these methods were complemented by an analysis of U.S. Census data completed by Dr. Corey. The report Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians: A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs is available at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/housing-needs-native-hawaiians.html.
Other work undertaken by Econometrica that was relevant to this study included the following:
- Planned and provided onsite support for eight formal government-to-government consultations with Tribal leaders and HUD representatives across the United States in a 4-month period. This included logistical planning and the production of published meeting minutes.
- Conducted hundreds of hours of field data collection including visiting approximately 15 Native American reservations/Tribal areas and urban centers across the nation and conducting more than 100 stakeholder interviews.
- Traveled across the nation to facilitate a series of five listening sessions that preceded the study to capture formative input from Native Americans.
Other Econometrica staff members who supported this project include Dr. Richard Hilton and Wayne Mundy. Econometrica acknowledges and appreciates the generosity of all of those stakeholders who participated in interviews, consultations, focus groups, and other activities. Without the participation of these groups and individuals, this study would not have been possible. We are also grateful to the Urban Institute for the opportunity to be a part of its extraordinary study team.
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