Nov 19
2020

Member Only Webinar
Using Data to Promote Smart Housing Policy and Strategic Interventions

1:00 pm EST
Webinar

The Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy (MAHS) and Metro Atlanta Eviction Tracker are two examples of how data are being used to inform thoughtful policy and direct strategic interventions to promote housing affordability and stability.  In this webinar, you will learn how the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), working in partnership with other organizations, has developed these two resources using a variety of data gathering, analysis, and visualization techniques.

In the first half of the presentation, you will get to hear how land use information was combined with point-level home sales data to identify housing market subareas and how these subareas serve as the spatial framework for the ARC’s housing policy and strategy recommendations to jurisdictions and partners across the Atlanta region. The second half of the presentation will focus on the eviction tracking work that the ARC has undertaken in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology.  In this section, you will learn how eviction court record information is being gathered weekly and how that data is being analyzed and visualized to communicate urgency and the spatial pattern of need as well as being used behind-the-scenes to direct strategic interventions by legal aid organizations and rental assistance initiatives with the hope curbing the potential expulsion of thousands of Atlanta residents from their homes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker:

Erik Woodworth is the Research & Data Visualization Coordinator for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) where he leads both research and application development projects.  He also serves as a Data Scientist for Neighborhood Nexus where is currently leading the on-going development of Data Nexus, the organization’s newly-released web-based mapping and data visualization application.  As a researcher, his primary areas of focus are on housing affordability and stability and neighborhood-level change related to gentrification. He has also worked in various capacities on city- and region-wide initiatives addressing issues such as public health, transportation, and economic mobility. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University, a Master of Arts (Research Methods) in Geography from the University of Durham in the UK, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.