Consolidated Planning/CHAS Data
On July 6, 2016 HUD released updated CHAS data for the 2009-2013 period.
About the CHAS
Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) receives custom tabulations of American Community Survey (ACS) data from the U.S. Census Bureau. These data, known as the "CHAS" data (Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy), demonstrate the extent of housing problems and housing needs, particularly for low income households. The CHAS data are used by local governments to plan how to spend HUD funds, and may also be used by HUD to distribute grant funds. For more background on the CHAS data, including data documentation and a list of updates and corrections to previously released data, click here: Background.
Access the data
HUD has created a simple web-based table generator (also known as a query tool) that provides some of the most commonly used CHAS figures (click here for the CHAS query tool). Data users who are comfortable working with large datasets and have appropriate data management software (such as SAS or SPSS) can download the complete set of data files (click here for the data download page). The data download tool includes data from every ACS release from 2006-2008 through 2009-2013, for a variety of geographic summary levels. HUD has also created new analytical tools to support HUD grantees preparing their Consolidated Plans. The eCon Planning Suite and CPD Maps are pre-loaded with CHAS data. Access to the eCon Planning Suite is limited to CPD grantees, but CPD Maps is available to the general public.
Older versions of CHAS data, from the 2000 Census and the 2005-2007 ACS, are available below. These data are different from more recent versions, and are not in the data download tool.
HUD will periodically post publications, presentations, and working papers using CHAS data.
Joice, Paul. CHAS Affordability Analysis. US Department of Housing and Urban Development, working paper. May 20, 2013.
Joice, Paul. Measuring Housing Affordability. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 16(1). 2014.
Questions? Feedback? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with "CHAS feedback" as the subject line.