Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is a nonprofit homebuilding program that operates nationally and internationally. It provides low-income families living in substandard housing with volunteer-built, rehabilitated, or repaired homes and affordable mortgages. The program also offers homeowner education to the HFH homeowners
The goal of the return on investment (ROI) study was to measure the benefits of the HFH program against its costs based on the analytical approach and data sources specified in its respective feasibility study.
The study findings from two HFH AmeriCorps evaluations on the program’s performance and impact were:
- According to the findings of Viola et al. (2018), as compared to non-host sites (who do not leverage AmeriCorps members) over three years, host sites on average:
- Built 4.99 more HFH homes (20.36 vs. 15.37); this finding was nearly statistically significant.
- Rehabbed 8.24 more homes (15.35 vs. 7.11); this finding was statistically significant.
- Relevant survey results from Mattessich et al. (2015) include the following:
- Fifty-seven percent of HFH homeowners who reported themselves or a household member had a respiratory illness before moving into an HFH home indicated their condition improved after moving into an HFH home.
- Twenty-five percent of surveyed HFH homeowners reported receiving federal rental assistance before moving into their HFH home and indicated they no longer did after moving into their home.
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Return on Investment (ROI) Studies
AmeriCorps and its grantees have invested significant resources in evaluating different agency programs and supported program models designed to improve a range of outcomes for national service members and volunteers, children, families, organizations, and communities across America. AmeriCorps has commissioned ICF International to conduct ROI analyses to help measure the program performance and build the base of evidence for future resource allocation decisions. In addition, each ROI study helps AmeriCorps communicate the value of its programs to relevant stakeholders. The ROI Studies Project will produce 16 ROI assessments from FY20 to FY23.
The ROI studies listed below evaluated the cost and benefits of each of the following program:
- AmeriCorps Senior: Foster Grandparents/Senior Companion: This study estimates that the AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and Senior Companion Program (SCP) generate an ROI of $3.50 per funder dollar. FGP alone has an ROI of $2.75 per funder dollar, while SCP has an ROI of $5.08 per funder dollar.
- Birth & Beyond Home Visitation Program: This study estimated the Home Visitation program’s ROI to be between $0.50 and $2.11 per funder dollar, depending on how long program participants and AmeriCorps members experience increased earnings as a result of the program.
- College Possible’s College Access Program: This study estimates College Possible’s ROI to be between $1.50 and $6.41 per funder dollar, depending on how long program participants and AmeriCorps members experience increased earnings due to College Possible’s College Access program. The return on each dollar of federal.
- Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP): This study estimates CTEP’s ROI to be between $2.95 and $34.26 per funder dollar, depending on how long program participants and AmeriCorps members experience increased earnings as a result of CTEP.
- Minnesota Reading Corps - Kindergarten (MRC): This study estimates MRC Kindergarten’s ROI to be between $5.47 and $6.99 per funded dollar, depending on how long program participants and AmeriCorps members experience increased earnings as a result of MRC Kindergarten.
- Washington Conservation Corps: This study estimated Washington Conservation Corps’ ROI to be between $0.20 and $33.90 per funder dollar, depending on how long WCC AmeriCorps members experience increased earnings as a result of program participation, as well as the range of estimated benefits from improved ecosystems.
- YouthBuild AmeriCorps: This study estimates YouthBuild AmeriCorps’s ROI to be between -$0.40 and $9.58 per funder dollar, depending on how long YouthBuild AmeriCorps participants experience increased earnings from serving and participating in YouthBuild AmeriCorps.