Opportunity mapping is a way to look at neighborhood resources and outcomes such as school performance, poverty concentration, safety and more.
Opportunity mapping is an analytical tool that deepens our understanding of "opportunity" dynamics within regions. The goal of opportunity mapping is to identify opportunity-rich and opportunity isolated communities. With a basic understanding of the geography of opportunity we can then better determine who has access to opportunity resources and how to remedy opportunity inequality. Mapping can help guide community investments and help people in historically disenfranchised groups connect to areas that are thriving. Often the designation of a community as lower opportunity, or opportunity-isolated, is a reflection of the history of discriminatory policy and disinvestment in those communities.
The Connecticut Opportunity Map (below) is part of the 2022 and 2023 Qualified Allocation Plan. The Connecticut Opportunity Map is also used by the Department of Housing and is part of the Developer Engagement Process.