Now Anyone Can Track Affordable Housing in New York City Using This New Data Mashup

Housing completed in 2015. Map via NYU Furman Center


    Want to map affordable housing in your neighborhood? The NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy Friday released an online tool,, to increase transparency around affordable housing.

    The housing and neighborhoods data hub will allow the City Council to track and preserve affordable housing throughout New York City, but you don’t have to be an elected official to use it.

    Publicly available, the tool gives anyone who’s interested a deep dive of information on Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and housing market, particularly affordable housing. It’s the only public property-level database of subsidized housing in New York City, according to the Furman Center.

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    A map of expiring subsidized housing. Map via NYU Furman Center

    Sleek visualizations combine data from more than 100 city, state and federal sources. Properties are searchable by both address and interactive map.

    Affordable housing developments can be viewed by commute times, geographical area or median income, among other things. The tool pulls together data on demographics, sales and the real estate market, permits, zoning, flood zones, crime, schools and rent burdens and more.

    The tool tracks new affordable housing construction as it is announced and built. It shows start and end dates of subsidies, so properties at risk of going market rate can be noted.

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    Types of housing built in New York City from 2000 to 2015. Chart via Furman Center

    The project is an extension of the Furman Center’s Subsidized Housing Information Project (or SHIP, for short), which launched in 2011. Funding was provided by New York City Council with support by Capital One, and the technology was provided by Applied Geographics.

    “Investing in means that Council Members across the five boroughs will now be able to actively engage in tracking and preserving affordable housing units throughout their districts,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a prepared statement. “This will provide increased transparency in the complex landscape of affordable housing in New York City, and be a crucial resource for the staff and task forces that we rely on to make recommendations for agreements and restrictions affecting future supply.”

    NYU Furman will hold a webinar on the new tool from 1 to 2 p.m. on December 14. For more information or to register for go here.

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