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SEMAP Deconcentration

Deconcentration Analysis

SEMAP deconcentration analysis

HUD judges a PHA’s performance partly by the extent to which its Section 8 voucher families live outside racially and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. This applies only to PHAs in metropolitan areas.

The process, in general:

  1. Determining where the “better” neighborhoods are, based on Census geography (tracts and block groups.) These are defined as below-average poverty and minority concentration, compared to the PHA’s entire jurisdiction.
  2. Standardizing and geocoding the addresses of your voucher families.
  3. Determining the proportion of recent movers located in those neighborhoods.
  4. Calculating and documenting your progress toward deconcentration, based on two SEMAP indicators:
          a.     Expanding Housing Opportunities (indicator #7) and
          b.     Deconcentration Bonus Indicator
  5. Maps to be used by voucher families to locate non-poor neighborhoods and their services (schools, shopping, and religious institutions). Optionally, maps may include names of tract boundary streets.
  6. Optionally, maps may also identify Opportunity Areas (census block groups that are not impacted that are within census tracts that are impacted).

SEMAP deconcentration analysis is not standardized. Each area is different, hence I am only showing selected results from two previous jobs. Deconcentration jobs are priced by hours worked. Contact me for details.

To date, I have performed deconcentration analyses for the following areas (all as subcontractor for Quadel Consulting)

  • Stamford, CT

  • Kankakee, IL

  • Omaha, NE

  • Baltimore, MD Metro Area

  • Memphis, TN

  • Houston, TX


Sample deconcentration maps