- Volume 19, Number 1
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
Housing Tenure and Affordability Relative to Communities of Opportunity in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area
John C. Huggins
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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The primary purpose of the Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data is to
demonstrate the number of households in need of housing assistance. This number is estimated by
examining the number of households that have certain housing problems and have incomes low
enough to qualify for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs (primarily
30, 50, and 80 percent of HUD Area Median Family Income (HAMFI). It is also important to
consider the prevalence of housing problems among different types of households such as elderly,
disabled, and minority households, among others. CHAS data provide counts of the numbers of
households that fit these HUD-specified characteristics in HUD-specified geographic areas. In
addition to estimating low-income housing needs, CHAS data contribute to a more comprehensive
market analysis by documenting issues like lead paint risks, affordability mismatch, and the interaction
of affordability with variables like age of homes, number of bedrooms, and building type.
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