Native Village of Barrow Housing Needs Assessment

Native Village of Barrow Housing Needs Assessment

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Native Village of Barrow

Project Location:
Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska

Project Time Frame:
November 2017 – February 2019


  • Household Survey

  • Analysis of Newly Collected Data

  • Needs Assessment

Areas of Focus:

  • Demographics

  • Economic Development

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Government and Management

  • Housing

  • Income and Finances

  • Health

Project Description

The Native Village of Barrow (NVB) is the northernmost community in the United States, located north of the Arctic Circle. Big Water worked with NVB on a comprehensive data collection project to update and refine a housing map and accurately assess the needs of the community. The household survey conducted by local staff gathered information from 716 Barrow households and 2,553 residents. The response rate for the survey was 82.6%. The data illustrated a number of challenges faced by the community, including high costs of living (beyond rent, mortgage, and utilities), limited housing stock and prevalent overcrowding. Results will be used to engage NVB’s local partners, including the Native corporations, regional tribal government, and the North Slope Borough, in shared planning and provision of services and to strengthen grant applications.


Sample Deliverables


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