HUD has posted the 2014 2014 HUD CoC GIS Toolkit for Communities on the HUD Exchange.
The HUD CoC GIS Toolkit for Communities expands the mapping resources available to HUD Exchange users by providing a no-cost downloadable software tool that allows users to interact with professional quality GIS maps.
The toolkit includes data on CoC Boundaries, HUD Geocodes and Preliminary Pro Rata Need, Housing Inventory Count data, U.S. Census demographics, detailed street maps, and more. Toolkit capabilities include mapping and saving addresses and other custom locations, producing custom routes with intermediate waypoints, and producing custom maps with annotation.
New for 2014, the Toolkit now includes Housing Inventory Count (HIC) data visualization by geocode. Users can now query the map by program type for sheltered PIT data, beds reported by population served, and more. Additionally, the block group level dataset of American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates has been updated to the latest available 5-year dataset and now contains expanded demographic, housing, and economic characteristics.
Users access pre-compiled projects through a free software product called ArcReader and are able to open and explore HUD specific project data as well as design and print custom maps. No special software or map skills beyond basic computer skills are required, meaning users can quickly get started working with maps of their communities.