Research & Policy
We believe that effective policy and sustainable housing initiatives are built on data that is relevant, accurate and current. Our team's analytical skills include data development, trend analysis, mapping, and surveys.
Central Virginia Mobile Home Study
In 2016, a coalition of Richmond-area nonprofits commissioned HDA to investigate conditions in the region’s mobile home parks. We visited over 50 communities and graded their housing, infrastructure, and amenities. The report helped practitioners understand that these parks are an important yet misunderstood component of the affordable housing spectrum, and led to the creation of the Manufactured Home Community Coalition of Virginia, which serves to improve the lives of residents living in parks throughout the state.
Northern Shenandoah Valley Housing Assessment
As Housing Virginia, HDA partnered with the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University to complete a housing assessment for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. Using CURA’s needs analysis and household projections, we crafted housing policy recommendations tailored to each locality, market typology, and major demographic group.