Why Evaluate the Impact of the
Work in the Neighborhood?
For the past 27 years, Habitat has successfully educated, counseled, housed, and financially anchored Berkeley County's low income residents for sustained long term home ownership, a significant indicator of capacity to escape the generational spiral of poverty. To date, we has built 33 new homes and repaired 16 others, personally transforming immediate living conditions and long term housing security for nearly 60 adults and almost 100 children.
Habitat makes sure the project serves the intended target population as effectively as possible. It does so through regular and accurate reporting and critical review with the community. In monthly community meetings, Habitat convenes all partners who are involved in the Wall Street Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and makes changes where needed. In addition, Habitat surveys the recipient partner families, in their new homes, on energy system use and effectiveness.
Throughout the process, feedback and evaluation occurs to make sure all voices in the neighborhood are heard and to measure the results of our collective efforts in the neighborhood. Outcome measurement and evaluation allow us to understand if the neighborhood’s quality of life has been improved and to demonstrate the impact of our work.