Learn More: Vacant Properties

The Homelessness dataset includes the following variables: Vacant Commercial Properties and Vacant Residential Properties.
Browse this Learn More page to see this dataset's metadata and why its variable is important to measure.

Metadata

Variable Definition:
Vacant Commercial Properties: The number of commercial properties that are currently vacant, meaning that they have not collected their mail for 90 days or longer
Vacant Residential Properties: The number of residential properties that are currently vacant, meaning that they have not collected their mail for 90 days or longer

Source:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Aggregated United States Postal Service (USPS) Administrative Data on Vacant Properties
Years Available:
2008 - 2017
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract 

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Vacant Properties
Under an agreement between United States Postal Service (USPS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USPS shares quarterly data on addresses identified as “vacant.” The addresses reflects residential and commercial that USPS has recorded in their database. Vacant addresses have been identified as being vacant (not collecting their mail) for 90 days or longer. 
This data allows HUD to track neighborhood change and provide an open data portal to researchers and practitioners. The vacant indicator is useful for researchers and practitioners exploring population growth, development patterns, rent evictions or gentrification trends. 

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