5-year American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates are used in the determination of this metric.
Per the U.S. Census Bureau, the newest 5-year ACS data will not be made available until December 2017. IHDA will update this metric as soon as possible after the release of the needed data, and will post the new results upon availability. While IHDA expects the data to be fully updated in time for the 2018 9% LIHTC Scoring Round, Preliminary Project Assessments submitted before the data availability may not be notified upon preliminary review of their status under related scoring items (Affordability Risk Index, Opportunity Areas, etc.). Upon data availability, IHDA will make efforts to post updated scores as soon as possible and will conduct Proximate Opportunity Area review upon request for any project proximate to a newly determined Opportunity Area.
IHDA uses an Affordable Rental Unit Survey (ARUS) to examine the estimated number and percentage of units affordable (regardless of subsidy) to various income levels by Census Tract throughout Illinois. This helps to analyze market need as it allows IHDA to examine the “on-the-ground” affordability within individualized markets. This survey is based on data collected from American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates and includes housing units that are subsidized and/or rent-restricted, as well as housing units without any subsidies or rent-restrictions. To provide clarity and transparency to the analysis conducted for this survey, a Background and Methodology document has been prepared.
ARUS data is available for each census tract in Illinois via the fully searchable mapping tool. Click on the map below to search.