ANHD’s Displacement Alert Project is an initiative started in 2016 that leverages data, visualizations, and organizing to help preserve New York City’s stock of affordable housing. We compile fragmented information from various public records and databases and make it more easily accessible for advocates by displaying it in one place with intuitive, color-coded metrics.

The Project

In New York City, ending displacement is one of the most urgent issues we face. The Displacement Alert Project (DAP) is designed to address this problem by providing effective early warning information for residents facing harassment and displacement, for communities being destabilized, and for the community groups and policy makers trying to address the crisis.​

Existing data and information is fragmented and often confusing, which can make it challenging to identify which buildings are most vulnerable in order to intervene.​

We use data and information visualization tools to proactively identify buildings that are facing a rising risk of displacement. With this information community groups, decision makers, and local residents themselves can take strategic steps to push back with outreach, education, and organizing strategies.

DAP is operated by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) and is funded by the New York City Council, the New York State Assembly, and the New York State Senate. ​

DAP Portal is a dynamic and powerful data tool that helps you understand a New York City neighborhood’s housing landscape, where tenants and homeowners are at heightened risk of displacement, and what is happening in buildings where tenants or homeowners are having problems.​

DAP Portal is made up of three features:

  • The Property Lookup lets you investigate displacement threats at a building level, view detailed records over time, find patterns and connections, and get the most recent information possible.

  • The District Dashboard allows you to apply displacement threat indicators across districts or zip codes to see a broader snapshot of threats by neighborhood, and produce maps and lists of buildings that might not be on your radar for outreach and organizing.

  • The Custom Search allows you to customize maps and lists of buildings that meet your unique search criteria and answer specific research questions about the threats facing our neighborhoods.

DAP Map shows a citywide view of displacement risk, with every individual building color-coded to show the risk level from key indicators. DAP Map is interactive and searchable and can be used to see neighborhood-wide patterns as well as explore the details of any property. Each property also includes direct links to the most useful online information for that building. The map, which is updated twice a year, lets users see:​

  • Which buildings have lost high percentages of rent-regulated units

  • Where recent sales may raise concerns about speculation

  • Which buildings show a high number of construction permits, which are often associated with displacement

  • Where court-ordered evictions by a marshal have taken place

DAP District Reports provide monthly updates on harassment and displacement risk in rent-stabilized buildings in each of New York City’s 59 community districts. They take public data on building sales, complaints, violations, and construction permits, and convert it into reports that reveal which buildings have the highest risk of tenant harassment and displacement. The report format takes data from many different public sources and simplifies it for organizers, advocates, and community members so they can do research more quickly and prioritize outreach efforts. DAP District Reports let users:​

  • Access lists of at-risk buildings with new data each month, arranged by address, color-coded, and sorted by each community district

  • View reports on a mobile device or print them out in a clear format to take offline and into the field

  • Connect directly to a property page on ACRIS, HPD, DOB, DOF tax bills, OASIS map, Google Maps, and Who Owns What

  • View past reports going back to January 2017

Recent Blogs and Media

March 17, 2021
Communities of Color Bear the Brunt as Landlords Sue Tenants for Rent They Can’t Pay
News Clip
November 10, 2020

Related Resources

Communities of Color Bear the Brunt as Landlords Sue Tenants for Rent They Can’t Pay
ANHD fully supports Resolutions 1429 and 1430, partially support Resolution 1427, and support Introductions 1913 and 1919 with proposed modifications.
October 2020 DAP Update