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Taking Stock: The Role of “Preservation Inventories” in Preserving Affordable Rental Housing

Responding to threats from these and other factors, states and localities have started compiling “preservation inventories.” These inventories collect available data on the existing affordable rental housing stock, facilitating analysis of the portfolio and identification of at-risk properties. Armed with accurate, up-to-date information, communities can act quickly to preserve this irreplaceable resource. This review collects lessons learned from preservation inventories developed in five areas with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — Cook County, Illinois; the District of Columbia; Florida; New Jersey; and New York City. While each of these data collection efforts is at a different stage of implementation,
together they offer some initial lessons about how preservation inventories can be developed and the ways in which they can be used to advance preservation policy objectives.

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