USDA’s Rural Housing Service Releases Housing Data And User-Friendly Tool
On July 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) released data on the agency’s single-family, multifamily, and community facilities programs. RHS also demonstrated how the data can be accessed via a new interactive visualization tool, created by PolicyMap, designed to make the data publicly attainable and more useful.
Tony Hernandez, Administrator of RHS, and David Lipsetz, Associate Administrator of RHS, explained how the data and PolicyMap’s interactive tool will provide RHS with valuable information and allow it to invest in its rural housing programs more effectively. They also said the data tool will enable RHS to provide accurate, reliable reports on rural housing programs and allow the public to access RHS program information in an unprecedented way.
PolicyMap’s Data and Product Development’s Vice President, Elizabeth Nash, highlighted the user-friendly tool and its previous uses in other projects. She conducted demonstrations on how to use the tool, showcasing how simple and effective it is at displaying complex data.