The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides grants to address the problems associated with homes that have been foreclosed upon and are creating economic problems for their communities. The first round of funds (NSP1) was allocated under a formula to 309 governmental grantees that spread NSP1 funds all over the country. The second round of funds (NSP2) was allocated by a competitive process to 56 organizations including states, local governments, and non-profits. NSP2 funding decisions were announced January 14, 2010. For more details on NSP see http://www.hud.gov/nsp.
To support NSP, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has set up a mapping platform on the HUD USER website that shows foreclosure related risk scores for each Census Tract. This mapping tool was used by NSP2 applicants to find neighborhoods that were eligible to be included in an NSP2 target geography. NSP2 applicants were required to clearly inform HUD what their target area would be, and the mapping tool was a simple way of doing so. In February, 2010, HUD replicated the NSP2 mapping tool for use by NSP1 grantees. Under NSP1, grantees were required to identify their “areas of greatest need” and to target their resources to those areas. Grantees can now use the NSP1 mapping tool to identify the Census tracts that make up these areas of greatest need and submit them electronically to HUD.
Having this information electronically is very important to HUD, because it helps us track NSP1 funds and analyze the program’s impact. Just as importantly, we expect it to have benefits for grantees. With an up to date list of NSP1 targeted areas, HUD can map those areas and provide grantees with useful data, such as updated information on foreclosures, REO properties, and vacancies.
- Many NSP1 grantees did not define their areas of greatest need using Census Tracts. In such cases, please identify the Census Tracts that best approximate the targeted area.
- Rapidly changing conditions in the economy and housing market have led some NSP1 grantees to change their geographic focus. Please use this mapping tool to identify the areas of greatest need embodied in your most recent substantial amendment.
- Grantees with a large target area may find the mapping tool cumbersome. You may instead submit your target area via email, using either a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls) or GIS shapefile (.kmz or .shp files). If using Microsoft Excel, please download the data for your locality from https://www.huduser.gov/nspgis/nsp_map_by_state.html and create a spreadsheet containing only the data for your selected Census tracts. Please do not change the format or delete columns. Email your target area file to NSPmapping@hud.gov. If you would prefer to use Google Earth of other GIS software, instructions are available here: http://hudnsphelp.info/index.cfm?do=NSP1info.