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Affordable Housing Location-Allocation Model for Central Minnesota

Date and time: 
December 12, 2012 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Location: 

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Room 215 (Wilkins Room)

U of MN - West Bank Campus

301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

(directions and parking)

Speaker: Zach Tagar, GIS specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Description: The Affordable Housing Location-Allocation Model for Central Minnesota was developed to meet HUD Fair Housing and Equity Assessment requirements for the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. The location-allocation model helps decision makers decide how many affordable housing units need to be developed in each of 29 communities with populations of 500 and greater in five counties in Central Minnesota. It takes into consideration data on need for affordable housing, commute, number of jobs in each area and population, as well as the number of existing affordable rental units in each community. The model is based on ArcMAP 10 GIS software, and requires that software to run.

As a base, the model uses the total number of existing housing units in the region, and the HUD figures on the percentage of housing units that need to be affordable in the region. Note that HUD specifies this percentage for three different affordability brackets: 30%, 50 and 80% of Area Median Income. The model provides results for each of those.

The circumstances of communities differ with respect to the need of affordable housing. In some, there is more need than in others (i.e. more low income households spend a greater part of their income on housing), while others have greater employment opportunities. Both of these considerations are important in determining location of affordable housing, and the model results are is based on both. However, users of the model can determine the relative importance of each consideration by assigning weights for each. For example, a weight of 3 to “jobs” and 1 to “need” would mean that communities with a greater jobs market and lower need would have more units relative to ones with a smaller job market and greater need. The model can be run multiple times with different weights, allowing the user to determine the most suitable weights.

This event is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. Light
refreshments will be served. Questions about the event may be directed
to Frank Douma (612-626-9946, douma002@umn.edu ) or Laura Noble (612-626-0564, lnoble@umn.edu).

Send RSVPs to Laura Noble at lnoble@umn.edu.

This program is part of the 2012-13 season of the Regional Planning & Policy Brownbag Series. This research was sponsored in part by CURA.

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