The analysis of housing stock characteristics must include an estimate of the number of substandard units in need of rehabilitation and/or replacement. This information will assist local governments in developing appropriate housing policies and prioritizing housing resources.
Government Code Section 65583(a) requires an analysis and documentation of household characteristics, including level of payment compared to ability to pay, housing characteristics, including overcrowding, and housing stock condition, (Section 65583 (a)(2)).
Estimate the total number of substandard units — e.g. those in need of rehabilitation (repair) and those in need of replacement (demolition). The number of units to be rehabilitated and/or replaced may be estimated from a recent (e.g., the last five years) windshield survey or sampling, estimates from the local building department, knowledgeable builders/developers in the community, or nonprofit housing developers or organizations. Estimates can also be derived from U.S. Census data, such as percentage of units built before 1980. However, U.S. Census data only serves as an estimate of the maximum rehabilitation need and should be supplemented by local estimates.
Sample Housing Condition Surveys
Sample housing condition survey (PDF) from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program