A Measure to our Methods

This fall, DC Habitat will be starting a long term outcome evaluation of its affordable homeownership programs in Ivy City and Deanwood. The question we are concerned with is: Does homeownership have lasting, transformative effects in low-income communities. We will be asking homeowners questions that deal with health, education, community involvement, and neighborhood perception. Homeowners will be mailed surveys around the beginning of November, and all responses will be kept confidential and will be used to extend the opportunity of homeownership to more families.
Our partner in this endeavor is Success Measures, a NeighborWorks America affiliate. Their expertise in outcome evaluation and community development is the reason Habitat affiliates nationwide have used their tools in conducting similar evaluations. Already, Habitat of Jacksonville, FL and Habitat of Minnesota have led the way in producing reports on their own outcome studies. Our study will add to a nationwide evaluation of Habitat for Humanity. We seek to prove the effectiveness that families already convey anecdotally!

DC Habitat believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That's why we work to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building (and rehabilitating) affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need.