The Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs: All Reports Published!

The Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs: All Reports Published!

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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Expanding Our Partner Network

The HCD team is interested in expanding its consultant and subcontractor cadre to include individuals or partner firms with expertise in the following areas: disaster resiliency planning, disaster recovery funds management and program administration; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rural housing and economic development programs; Federal Housing Administration single-family housing policy, asset management, and marketing services; and local workforce development initiatives.

Econometrica’s 15-year legacy of providing American Housing Survey support services continues

Econometrica’s 15-year legacy of providing American Housing Survey support services continues

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses a contractor to provide analytical support for the American Housing Survey (AHS). The AHS provides information on the size, composition, and quality of housing; characteristics of occupants and neighborhood; and other descriptive data. It is sponsored by HUD and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau through a nationwide biennial survey and periodic selected metropolitan surveys. Users of the AHS include analysts who support policymakers on housing and related issues, and academic researchers exploring housing conditions and policies. Econometrica’s support for HUD includes quality control and documentation to facilitate users’ proper understanding and interpretation of the data in the AHS, assistance with preparing standardized and specialized reports, and development and maintenance of a bibliography of documents that use the AHS.

Econometrica’s Housing & Community Development Group, led by Dennis Stout and with key support from Dr. Fred Eggers and Dr. Fouad Moumen, has supported HUD on the American Housing Survey (AHS) since 2002. We are familiar with the AHS from both the user’s and the insider’s perspective, including how it is compiled, structured, and coded; HUD’s established methods for analyzing and validating the quality of its data; and the variety of reports that are created by HUD from the AHS, including the Characteristics of HUD-Assisted Renters and Their Units report, the Components of Inventory Change (CINCH) report, the Rental Dynamics report, and other technical reports based on HUD’s research interests. HUD has an arrangement with the U.S. Census Bureau to compile and update AHS data periodically. Econometrica’s role is to perform basic quality control on U.S. Census Bureau data before it is released to the public, as well as perform other supportive tasks, including updating the codebook that the public uses to understand and manipulate AHS data. Other personnel contributing to this work include Tobey Wheelock and Doray Sitko.

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau released the microdata and codebook for the 2015 American Housing Survey, which includes the National Public Use File. The release contains records for the national sample and the 15 largest metropolitan areas, as well as the Metropolitan Public Use File containing records for 10 additional metropolitan areas. Read more about this release and access the files here.

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Econometrica Supports HUD’s 2017 Point in Time Count

Econometrica Supports HUD’s 2017 Point in Time Count

Econometrica is proud to have employees volunteering their time to support the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2017 Point in Time (PIT) count. This annual count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care (CoC) conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. CoCs also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and conducted locally. Econometrica employees will support local CoCs in the greater Washington, DC, and Austin, TX, areas as they conduct their respective PIT count. To learn more about the PIT count, please visit https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hdx/guides/pit-hic/#general-pit-guides-and-tools. If you are interested in volunteering in your local area, follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit https://www.hudexchange.info/grantees/?granteesaction=main.searchresults&stateid=0.

Step 2: Select location to find your local CoC.

Step 3: Click on your nearest CoC to find the Collaborative Applicant’s contact information.

Step 4: Contact the Collaborative Applicant to inquire about volunteering in this year’s PIT count.

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Expanding Our Partner Network

The HCD team is interested in expanding its consultant and subcontractor cadre to include individuals or partner firms with expertise in the following areas: disaster resiliency planning, disaster recovery funds management and program administration; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rural housing and economic development programs; Federal Housing Administration single-family housing policy, asset management, and marketing services; and local workforce development initiatives.

Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas: A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs: Executive Summary

Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas: A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs: Executive Summary

Since 2011, Econometrica has been working with the Urban Institute and other firms to plan for and study the housing needs and conditions of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. This congressionally mandated study included components such as a study of Native Americans living in urban areas; household interviews and observations on tribal lands; a phone and web survey of Tribally Designated Housing Entities and tribal housing departments; and more. Econometrica is proud to have visited tribes across the nation, as well as Native Hawaiian Home Land communities in support of field interviews and other data collection efforts, including as a lead author of the Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians report. We also contributed to an analysis of U.S. Census data and supported formal government-to-government consultations in the development of the study. The Executive Summary was recently published by HUD, and we look forward to the forthcoming publication of the entire report, which will be submitted to Congress. Dr. Kristen Corey, Charles Hanson, Dr. Richard Hilton, Doray Sitko, and Wayne Mundy all contributed to this project. View HUD’s press release here.

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The HCD team is interested in expanding its consultant and subcontractor cadre to include individuals or partner firms with expertise in the following areas: disaster resiliency planning, disaster recovery funds management and program administration; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rural housing and economic development programs; Federal Housing Administration single-family housing policy, asset management, and marketing services; and local workforce development initiatives.