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Sept 19 -- The Office of the Policy Development and Research, HUD, invites comments by November 18, 2022 regarding the 2023 American Housing Survey.

The purpose of the American Housing Survey (AHS) is to supply the public with detailed and timely information about housing quality, housing costs, and neighborhood assets, in support of effective housing policy, programs, and markets. Title 12, United States Code, sections 1701Z-1, 1701Z-2(g), and 1710Z-10a mandates the collection of this information.

Like the previous surveys, the 2023 AHS will collect “core” data on subjects, such as the amount and types of changes in the housing inventory, the physical condition of the housing inventory, the characteristics of the occupants, housing costs for owners and renters, the persons eligible for and beneficiaries of assisted housing, remodeling and repair frequency, reasons for moving, the number and characteristics of vacancies, and characteristics of resident's neighborhood. In addition to the “core” data, HUD plans to collect supplemental data on potential health and safety hazards in the home, difficulties affording housing costs, including forced moves and temporary housing situations, urbanization of the neighborhood, sexual orientation and gender, parent's country of birth and previous home ownership, housing characteristics that increase heat vulnerability, and experience and consequences of power outages.

The AHS national longitudinal sample consists of approximately 96,000 housing units, and includes oversample from the largest 15 metropolitan areas and approximately 12,000 HUD-assisted housing units. In addition to the national longitudinal sample, HUD plans to conduct 10 additional metropolitan area longitudinal samples, each with approximately 3,000 housing units (for a total of 32,535 metropolitan area housing units). The 10 additional metropolitan area longitudinal samples were last surveyed in 2019. Around 7 percent of all interviews will be reinterviewed for the purpose of interviewer quality control (for a total of 8,997 housing units).

To help reduce respondent burden on households in the longitudinal sample, the 2023 AHS will make use of dependent interviewing techniques, which will decrease the number of questions asked. Policy analysts, program managers, budget analysts, and Congressional staff use AHS data to advise executive and legislative branches about housing conditions and the suitability of public policy initiatives. Academic researchers and private organizations also use AHS data in efforts of specific interest and concern to their respective communities.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) needs the AHS data for the following two reasons:

1. With the data, policy analysts can monitor the interaction among housing needs, demand and supply, as well as changes in housing conditions and costs, to aid in the development of housing policies and the design of housing programs appropriate for different target groups, such as first-time home buyers and the elderly.

2. With the data, HUD can evaluate, monitor, and design HUD programs to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
 
AHS (Census): https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ahs.html
AHS (HUD): https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ahs.html
Draft survey instruments and technical documentation https://www.aeaweb.org/forum/3206/integrated-economic-survey-replace-surveys-invites-comment  
2021 AHS submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202012-2528-004
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-20224

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