What we do
Fair Housing Analysis
WES is expert at conducting Analysis to Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) and Affirmation Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) reports. Using advanced data analysis and public involvement WES helps our clients to identify impediments to fair housing choice and actions to overcome these barriers.
Housing Needs Assessments
Housing Needs Assessments are an important part of the Consolidated Planning process as well as necessary to identify housing needs. By combining numerous data sources such as the Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS), with robust public involvement WES can identify housing gaps by tenure, income, and a variety of other households metrics.
Why Choose us
Data Science Expertise
WES has extensive experience analyzing a wide variety of data using cutting edge data science platforms. These technical skills guarantee the data we report is accurate, timely, and pertinent to each project.
Engaging Public Involment
The consultants at WES are enthusiastic public speakers who make highly technical data easy to understand. Public involvement is an integral part of all studies we undertake and WES is expert at soliciting, engaging, and analyzing public input.
Technical Program Experience
WES is fully versed in all Consolidated Planning, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, Housing Needs Assessment, Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Program requirements. WES is expert in the use of IDIS and other government reporting software.
Clear and Informative Written Analysis
WES strives to deliver a clear and comprehensive report that is useful to both the client and also the public which they serve. The main findings are based on data analysis, public involvement and client input. Our technical analysis is written to be easily understood, while remaining rich in detail.
Every project begins with an orientation meeting to set clear deliverable deadlines, tentative public engagement dates, and review draft survey instruments. After the orientation meeting WES will deliver bi-weekly progress review memos until the project is completed.
WES begins comprehensive data gathering, analysis, and reporting. Progress review memos will report on the data collected and preliminary analysis. Surveys will be released to the public or stakeholders and public input meetings will be held. Preliminary survey results will be analyzed as results come in.
All of the data, analysis, survey results, and public input are compiled into a draft report for internal review. The draft report is based on progress review memos so the client is fully aware of the preliminary findings. The client is given ample time to review the document and offer suggestions on the findings and recommended actions. After the internal draft has been approved it is released to the public. During this public review period another public input meeting will be held. After this period closes, all comments are reviewed and final report is delivered.
Oakland County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Houisng Choice
Oakland County Michigan undertook a comprehensive AI, holding 10 meetings around the county and soliciting over 3,500 survey Responses.
Davenport, Moline and Rock Island HNA
WES conducted a multi-city regional Housing Needs Assessment for Davenport, Moline and Rock Island. The Analysis was done at a regional level as well as for individual cities.
Over the last three years we have worked with State and Local Governments in Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Virginia, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oregon, and Wyoming. These are only a small sample of our most recent work.
All of our clients are influenced by national trends as well as unique local issues. WES has the experience and perspective to identity both issues and propose solutions effective to each unique client.
Statewide Profiles and Interactive Dashboards
The State of Iowa Profile includes comprehensive Demographic, Economic and Housing data for 45 Regions, 99 counties, and 1,009 cities. The on-line Dashboard lets users explore and compare this information in an intuitive interactive framework.
The State of Nebraska Profile includes comprehensive Demographic, Economic and Housing data for 9 Regions, 93 counties, and 532 cities. The on-line Dashboard lets users explore and compare this information in an interactive framework.
The State of Wyoming Profile includes comprehensive Demographic, Economic and Housing data for 6 Regions, 23 counties, and 203 cities. The on-line Dashboard lets users explore and compare this information in an interactive framework.
Statewide Profiles provide an extensive amount of data and analysis for every area in the state, regardless of population size. WES strives to provide smaller communities with access to the same actionable information as larger cities and counties.
Interactive Dashboards are an intuitive way to explore the data, compare different areas to assess different needs around the state. Each dashboard presents the information graphically, tabularly, and spatially. Please click above to explore them.