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How to measure performance

It is important to measure the performance of non-market housing projects or a municipality’s overall housing strategy to understand if past initiatives are meeting the intended targets and what improvements need to be made. The following offers suggestions for how to measure the performance of local initiatives.

Statistics for communities:

  • Number or percentage of households in core need
  • Number of secondary suites (market rental)
  • Rental vacancy rates
  • Waitlists for non-market housing
  • New housing starts by type, price range and location

Statistics for specific non-market housing facilities:

  • Occupancy rates
  • Average length of stay by facility users
  • Destination of users at time of exit
  • Rate of users that return to homelessness
  • Income levels of users
  • Community support or interaction with the public

It is important to recognize that these statistical trends can be influenced by other market factors such as interest rates or employment, so where possible, municipalities should track broader market data that may be relevant to local housing outcomes. The AUMA’s Affordable Housing Toolkit offers more detail on how to measure success.