Population below poverty level in 2009
White = no data

HUD funding
In millions of $

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This map shows a general breakdown of HUD funding by state and metropolitan region. See funding that went to idling and potentially delayed or zero-draw projects by selecting a filter type on the left.

States and counties are shaded by poverty level in 2009. The darker the area, the more people live below the poverty level.

The Post used three criteria to identify potentially delayed or abandoned projects: Projects launched more than five years ago that are still incomplete, projects that had not drawn money against their HUD accounts in at least 18 months or projects with other verified delays. There are weaknesses in HUD's data; entries are not always up-to-date. Whenever possible, The Post tried to verify the status of projects by studying more than 600 satellite images and contacting 165 housing agencies nationwide.

Delayed dollars, defunct deals

In May, The Washington Post analyzed major construction and renovation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a total of 5,100 development deals worth $3.2 billion. The Post found that nearly 700 projects awarded $400 million showed signs of being delayed, primarily because they were launched years ago or had not drawn federal money in months or years but were still listed as open and incomplete on HUD's books. An additional 600 projects had not drawn any of the money allocated, tying up $250 million.

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About the data

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 2010 data;
U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey.

GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Jennifer Jenkins, Debbie Cenziper, Todd Lindeman, Dan Keating, Mary Kate Cannistra and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso - The Washington Post. Published May 15, 2011.