HUD GIS Tool for Communities Introduction

Background

The HUD GIS Tool for Communities expands the mapping resources available to HUD HRE users by providing a no-cost downloadable software tool that allows users to interact with professional quality GIS maps.

Users access pre-compiled projects through a free software product called ArcReader, and are able to open and explore HUD specific project data as well as design and print custom maps. No special software/map skills beyond basic computer skills are required, meaning users can quickly get started working with maps of their communities.

Map data includes CoC Boundaries, HUD Geocodes and Initial Pro Rata Need, U.S. Census demographics on individuals and housing, detailed street maps and more. Additionally, each state project file is customizable for specific applications, and HUD plans to enhance the available data with feedback from community users.

Possible applications of the HUD GIS Tool for Communities include:

  • Identifying HUD 'geocodes' and Initial Pro Rata Need for the SuperNOFA application process
  • Mapping Shelter Addresses to simplify managing Housing Inventory
  • Mapping encampments to aid in annual Point in Time counts
  • Identifying neighborhoods for targeting prevention resources
  • Producing maps and custom routes to aid in disaster planning

Quick Start Guide and GIS Tool Tutorial

The GIS mini tutorials are intended to supplement the Quick Start Guide and HUD GIS Tool for Communities - Overview documents that are contained in the folder 'README and Documentation' in the individual State download .zip files available from the HRE's CoC Maps section (for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 maps only). Read the guide and the overview and follow the installation instructions to download and install the ArcReader program before opening the tutorial.

After you have read the instructions and overview and have installed the ArcReader program, you are ready to access the GIS Tool for Communities: Mini Tutorials. These tutorials are intended to provide a basic introduction to the major features of ArcReader using a real HUD dataset similar to the ones that users will find in their individual state project files.