Research and Information
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Government, philanthropy and private sector partners seek to make investments in sustainable solutions to improve America’s rural communities. More and more, these partners require solid data from rural organizations to initially ground their investments as well as increase transparency, control, and performance measurement on systems change progress over time. Further, civic leaders, community organizations, and families in rural communities require similar data to help them navigate available resources such as access to jobs, housing, transportation, schools, and other amenities.
HAC’s Rural Data Portal, is a simple yet effective online resource detailing social, economic, and housing characteristics of U.S. communities to assist rural organizations to access rural specific data and information for their communities and projects. The Portal has 337 indicators and over 3.5 million data points including the most recent data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The Portal’s reliability index particularly helps rural organizations easily determine, without complex calculations, the statistical accuracy of data estimates presented.
Since the 1950s, the United States Department of Agriculture has financed the construction, repair, and affordability of millions of homes for low- and moderate-income rural Americans. This activity is accomplished primarily through its Rural Development (RD) agency (formerly the Farmer’s Home Administration). The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) presents regular information and data on USDA’s rural housing loan and grant obligation activity.
Veterans comprise a diverse group representing all social, economic, and spectrums of society. Veterans Data Central is a simple, easy to use, on-line resource that provides essential information on the social, economic, and housing characteristics of veterans in the United States. These data and information can help support sound strategies and policies to help veterans.