LAND for Affordable Housing

By UM News

LAND for Affordable Housing

By UM News
Researchers at the University of Miami are using big data to identify affordable housing opportunities for residents of Miami-Dade County.

A new online tool, developed by the University’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement with support from Citi Community Development, has identified over 500 million square feet of publicly owned land across the county and its 34 municipalities that is vacant, unused, or underutilized. (That’s roughly the land mass of Manhattan.) 

The Land Access for Neighborhood Development tool, or LAND, identifies underused parcels that are close to transit hubs and that could be aggregated to create permanently affordable housing for residents across Miami-Dade County. The technology was featured during the eMerge Americas conference held in April at the Miami Beach Convention Center.