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Fort Collins' Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) compared to western states region HOI

Desired Result: Above Target

Analysis of Performance

Note: This metric is reported one quarter in arrears since the data takes 8 weeks to be reported by a third party agency; current performance is based on the prior quarter's results. This metric has been changed for 2015 to compare the Fort Collins HOI with the Western States Region instead of the national average.

Housing opportunity is based on the percentage of all new and existing homes sold in the last quarter which were affordable to families earning the area median income. Previously we tracked how well Fort Collins performed in the national arena. Now we narrowing the focus to a regional comparison. The Housing Opportunity Index divides the country into 4 regions. The 11 states that comprise the West Region includes: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. This information is always published for preceding quarter.

While price escalation continued in the 2nd quarter in the City, it was consistent with what the other Western Region states are experiencing, so the City remains in the top third of that group for Housing Opportunity. The City's position relative to the Western Region has stayed the same.

Metric Definition

The Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) is defined as the share of homes sold in an area that would have been affordable to a family earning the local median income. The target is to be in the top third (66% or better) for the Western region of the United States.

Why Is This Important?

This metric measures how the community's housing affordability changes over time based on income and housing cost. Data draws from the private housing market and interest rates, and is an indication of how well the market is responding to families earning the area median income.

City Organization Impact on Performance

Low - The City does not directly affect the private housing market or residents' income levels. Through grants provided by the Competitive Process, the City often incentivizes a limited number of new housing units for lower-income residents, which would be included in the number of housing units reported through the HOI data. This metric reports market activity more than City activity.

Benchmark Information

This metric contains regional benchmark data because the target for this metric is defined as being in the top 66% regionally for HOI. Comparing Fort Collins' HOI to the regional HOI allows a separate analysis of internal and external trends, which places the City's performance in context. There are only 6 reporting areas in Colorado, which is not enough for a good comparison. This data is published quarterly, although published for the preceding quarter.