Areas of Persistent Poverty Project (APP) and Historically Disadvantaged Community (HDC) Status Tool

Tool Update (5/10/2022): 
As part of DOT’s work in implementing the Justice40 Initiative, the Department developed an interim definition for disadvantaged communities (“DACs”) that may be used under Justice40-covered grant programs. In order to help grant applicants determine whether the locations of their proposed projects were in a DAC, the Department created a mapping tool, which went live on January 28, 2022. The Department subsequently conducted a data review and found that the mapping tool had data errors affecting approximately 11% of U.S. Census tracts. As of May 9, 2022, the DAC designations in the mapping tool have been corrected and are available for public use in connection with Justice40-covered programs.
The Department has begun to inventory grant programs that referred to this tool. The Department is contacting affected applicants directly to notify them of this update. Relevant grant programs will provide information about how they are identifying affected applicants. Other users of this data may wish to revisit the site and update any analyses based on the mapping tool. The Department apologizes for any inconvenience or confusion this error has caused.
Additional background information is available here.
Use this tool to determine if your grant project is within an Area of Persistent Poverty or a Historically Disadvantaged Community.
Area of Persistent Poverty Definition: “Area of Persistent Poverty” is defined for the grant program as:
1)  Any County that has consistently had greater than or equal to 20 percent of the population living in poverty during the last 30-year period, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial census and the most recent annual Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates as estimated by the Bureau of the Census.
2) Any Census Tract with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent as measured by the 2014–2018 5-year data series available from the American Community Survey of the Bureau of the Census.
3) Any U.S. Territory.

Historically Disadvantaged Community: 
For the purpose of the 2022 Notices of Funding Opportunity, and consistent with OMB’s Interim Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative, Historically Disadvantaged Communities include (a) certain qualifying census tracts , (b) any Tribal land, or (c) any territory or possession of the United States. DOT is providing a list of census tracts that meet the definition of Historically Disadvantaged Communities in the table below. As an additional resource, DOT provides a mapping tool to assist applicants in identifying whether a project is located in a Historically Disadvantaged Community:
Instructions: This table is intended to help applicants identify whether a project is located in an Area of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Community based on the county and/or census tract location of the project. To determine the State, County, and Census Tract Associated with your Project’s Location, input your Project’s Primary Address into the U.S. Census’ Geocoder Tool. This User Guide explains how to use the U.S. Census Geocoder Tool.
Once you have determined your State, County, and Census Tract, click the Filters tab in the top right of the Tool. Input your State, County, and Census Tract. This will populate columns A, B, and C. Columns E("COUNTY Meets Definition of an Area of Persistent Poverty?"), F ("CENSUS TRACT Meets Definition of Area of Persistent Poverty?"), and G (“CENSUS TRACT Meets definition of Historically Disadvantaged Community?) will provide a Yes/No answer to if your County and/or Census Tract meets the requirements. Please identify this information in project information form.