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mrtellerz
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CHAS tables would be very helpful in providing numbers to support housing policy decisions. In addition, the 2009 CHAS tables are great for updating consolidated plans. The CHAS tables are provided in user friendly Excel files, and I had no trouble downloading and accessing the files. With excellent instructions available, I was able to easily sort through and choose subgroups of households.

There are some new tables in the 2009 CHAS which I found very helpful. Table 10 provides numbers that help identify households at risk of homelessness. Table 13 provides the number of households with potenial for lead-based paint problems.

It is important to understand that the data are not actually 2009 data but are derived from the 2005-2007 American Community Survey (ACS), so it would be helpful to make that clear in the documentation. The 2009 CHAS tables are so much better organized and clearer than the 2000 CHAS, but that means that a user must be careful about updating earlier numbers. Also, some of the data available in 2000 are not provided in the 2009 CHAS tables. In one instance, I used two tables to derive some numbers that weren't available outright in either table. Also, in order to get a level of detail not provided, I estimated some numbers based on 2009 CHAS totals and category percentages from 2000, but many users would not be able to do that.

Policy makers, grant writers, and persons responsible for consolidated plans, should be thrilled that the 2009 CHAS tables are available. Thanks to HUD for making the effort to provide this wonderful updated data resource!
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