Data License for Access to Restricted Data
PD&R has the authority to enter into a Data License Agreement with research organizations for the explicit purpose of conducting innovative research projects that inform HUD’s policies and programs. Such licenses are appropriate when (1) important policy-relevant research questions can only be answered by using, among other resources, personally identifiable information in the possession of HUD; (2) the research organization can offer adequate safeguards for the confidentiality of the data if HUD shares the data with that organization; (3) the research organization does not need funding or other resources from HUD to carry out the research project; (4) the research organization will destroy all personally identifiable information received from HUD at the expiration of the license.
The principal researcher(s) on proposed projects for which HUD data are being sought must complete a Data License Application. Your Data License Application should be submitted to DataLicense@hud.gov.
At this time, PD&R is focusing its Data License Agreement efforts on projects that will advance one of five research priorities:
Homeownership and housing finance
Affordable rental housing
Housing as a platform for improving quality of life
Sustainable and inclusive communities
Applications are subject to rigorous review by a committee of professional researchers. The basis of data requests should be succinctly described, and proposed data use must contribute to the testing of a clearly formulated hypothesis.
The data license agreement process largely provides researchers with household-level and/or member-level administrative data from HUD’s housing rental assistance programs, including public housing, housing choice vouchers, and multifamily housing (including project-based section 8). HUD also makes data from the LIHTC program available through data licenses. Administrative data available represents elements collected via the Form HUD-50058, Form HUD-50058 MTW, Form HUD-50059 (private project-based tenant form) and LIHTC tenant form. A number of datasets exist for other HUD programs; however, these are not distributed via the data license agreement process at the moment. For more information regarding various HUD databases and appropriate contacts, please visit the HUDUser Datasets webpage.
New in 2022, HUD will make restricted access data from HUD sponsored research available to interested researchers on a limited basis. Projects for which restricted access data can be licensed can be found here.
**Please note that as of March 1st, 2017, all requests for data from the Family Options Study or the Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Study (MTO) must be submitted to the United States Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies. HUD no longer accepts applications for data agreements for these datasets. View more information on how to apply here.**
All research proposals should explicitly explain a justification for each data element requested. Please note that due to data quality concerns, data extracts for HUD administrative data are typically limited to the following years: 2003-one year prior to the current year. Data extracts will utilize HUD’s longitudinal file, a point-in-time estimate pulled on December 31st of each respective year. Extracts cover the prior 18 months and only contain the most recent transaction for a household.
Starting June 1st 2017, a limited number of variables will be available for request from HUD administrative data. A data dictionary describing available household and member elements is posted to this webpage. HUD will consider additional data element requests on a limited, case-by-case basis; however, due to limited resources, requests may be redirected to the United States Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies.
For additional information, please contact DataLicense@hud.gov or call Dr. Brent Mast in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring at 202-402-5933 (this is not a toll-free number). Questions may also be submitted by mail to:
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring
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451 Seventh Street, SW Room 8124
Washington, DC 20410
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