Course Results

Almost Home Cohort 1 Results

  • 8 class members
  • 7/8 members ranked themselves as “experts” in budgeting after the program
  • 6 members created a $500+ emergency fund within 6 weeks
  • 1 member qualified for Habitat’s Critical Home Repair Program
  • 1 member purchased a Habitat home
  • 1 member consolidated over $60,000 of student loan debt
  • 65% increase of understanding of predatory lending
  • 61% increase of understanding of planning for retirement
  • 49% increase of understanding of purchasing a home
  • 48% increase of understanding of housing services in Montgomery County

Almost Home Cohort 2 Results

  • 11 class members
  • 5 members of the class accepted into the Habitat Home Buyer Program 
  • 1 member of the class successfully transitioned out of transitional housing 
  • 3 members of the class located and moved into affordable rentals 
  • 100% of class members created an emergency fund of at least $500 over the 8 weeks of the course 
  • Class paid off over $38,000 in debt from start of class to the 3-month mark
  • 5 members of the class secured new employment 
  • 9 class members said the class impacted their day-to-day financial decisions 
  • All 11 class members said the class impacted their long-term financial decisions 
  • 51% increase of understanding of housing services in Montgomery County
  • 50% increase of understanding of mortgages
  • 43% increase of understanding of saving for retirement
  • 35% increase of understanding of dealing with legal issues

Almost Home Cohort 4 Results

  • 9 class members
  • 4 class members created emergency funds of at least $500 by the end of the 8 weeks of class
  • 7 class members follow a budget
  • Knowledge in all areas of class topics increased
  • Class members reported a 39% increase in understanding credit cards by the end of class
  • They reported a 44.75% increase in understanding predatory lending
  • Following the class, members ranked themselves as experts in managing a project, renting a home, maintaining a home, bank accounts, insurance, and networking
  • There was a 28% increase in understanding mortgages
  • Knowledge regarding savings increased by 24%
  • Class members increased their knowledge about Montgomery County general services by 32% and their knowledge about Montgomery County housing services by 35%.