New Online Tool Shows Housing and Displacement Data in Unprecedented Detail

May 13, 2019

ANHD and City Council Release Tool to Help Users Take Action

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) is releasing the beta version of a groundbreaking new online housing data tool that will provide community groups, legislators, and residents with an unprecedented amount of information about where and how displacement pressure is putting residents and affordable housing at risk.

Called the Displacement Alert Project (DAP) Portal, the tool provides information both at an individual building- and at a community-wide level. The DAP Portal is designed to give users the information they need to take proactive steps to protect tenants and housing that is threatened by rising displacement pressure.

Developed over the past year with City Council funding, today’s beta release of the DAP Portal includes:

  • A wide set of data metrics that can show where and how affordable housing is under threat, presented in a simple, intuitive visual format;
  • Information about every individual property in the city, drawing from a wide range of public data sources consolidated in one location;
  • The ability to build complex queries that help identify displacement risks and affordable housing trends across New York City neighborhoods;
  • The capacity to search by an individual building address, by council district, or by community district; and
  • Data that is updated as soon as it is released by City agencies.

ANHD is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 15th from 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM so users can learn how to use the DAP Portal. Click here to sign up and join us on Wednesday’s webinar.

“New York City is facing a housing crisis and those standing up for tenants need every available tool at our disposal if we are going to win this fight,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “The City Council is proud to fund this new Portal and is grateful to ANHD for developing this interactive tool. This is the work we must do if we are to have a city of thriving, affordable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. I look forward to continuing to fight for affordable housing alongside ANHD and my colleagues in the Council and to the DAP portal aiding us in this critical effort.”

“Tenant organizers, legislators, and other housing advocates need clear, accurate, and useful information to show what displacement pressures are happening in their communities and how they should use their resources. The Portal is the next tool in our Displacement Alert Project with special features like a build your own query look up, where users can create their own formula for understanding displacement in their area," said Benjamin Dulchin, Executive Director of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development.

 "The DAP Portal will help community organizers and legislators protect affordable housing in our city," said New York City Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm. "Gentrification and other forms of displacement pressure are a real and growing concern for many of New York City neighborhoods. This new tool will provide city officials with the information they need to identify and address burgeoning housing problems in their districts. I thank ANHD for spearheading this important effort and am pleased to have supported it with Council funding. Access to housing is human right, and tools like the DAP Portal help us defend that right." 

“As a tenant, gathering information about your building can feel like putting together a puzzle. By aggregating city data, ANHD’s Displacement Alert Project (DAP) Portal creates a unique, predictive picture that allows organizers to be proactive in protecting tenants and empowers tenants to access information about where they live. Thank you to ANHD and Speaker Johnson for this invaluable resource that will help keep tenants in their homes,” said Council Member Keith Powers.

“This tool will allow us to be proactive about combatting displacement and addressing the issues that are putting our city’s affordable housing stock at risk. By understanding the displacement pressures in our districts, we can work to keep tenants in their homes, and ensure that buildings can maintain their affordability status,” said Council Member Ritchie Torres.

"The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development's new Displacement Alert Portal will be a useful tool in the fight to protect affordable housing," said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. "Thanks to this new portal, residents, legislators and activists can identify where and how displacement is threatening affordable housing and act to protect tenants. I am proud to have supported the creation of this innovative, exciting and practical approach to combating New York's affordability crisis,” said Council Member Margaret Chin.

“As policymakers, we in the Council need the latest and best information available to effectively address the housing crisis facing our city,” said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings. “ANHD’s new displacement alert tool will ensure policymakers like us – as well as community organizations and concerned citizens – have the resources needed to effectively identify and protect housing threatened by the rising displacement pressures being felt in communities throughout New York City.”

The DAP Portal is part of ANHD’s Displacement Alert Project, which includes unique data tools (DAP Map, DAP District Reports, DAP Watch List, and now DAP Portal) that compile displacement risk information from various fragmented public records and databases, and make it accessible, intuitive, and useful.


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