Post Purchase Education System

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Issues with this Research
The only programs that were included are those that an individual with no inside information about the organizations would be able to find if they were to search for post-purchase programs.

Local Program Scoping
A total of twenty local programs were evaluated in order to determine what post-purchase educational services are offered by local organizations. These services were divided into three categories: services provided to renters, services provided to homeowners, and hands-on educational programs. As shown in the chart below, each type and topic of service is provided by at least one local organization. However, it should be noted that some of the programs (for instance, those offered by the Claretian Associates)
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The financial services were primarily related to foreclosure and mortgage assistance. There were a total of three organizations that offered non-financial post-purchase education.

Three additional organizations that are independent of NeighborWorks were also reviewed. Each of these organizations offered non-financial post-purchase education. The addition of these programs brings the total number of reviewed organizations with non-financial post-purchase education to six.

Construction Services- Only 47 of the estimated 240 NeighborWorks organizations offer some form of construction services. However, the majority of these organizations only offer programs for the low-income, elderly, or disabled individuals.

Technical Assistance - Of the organizations listed in the NeighborWorks Directory, only a handful offer technical assistance. These organizations were included in the 47 listed above, and may offer other construction services. However, these programs appear to be largely limited to elderly and people with
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However, the New Economics Foundation in England has a very useful report on the impact of hands on DIY classes. Some Key Points:
- Individuals are more likely to remember things they learned by doing
- People place higher value on things they have done/made themselves
- Doing the project by themselves offers a sense of empowerment

Recommendations

Recommendations for Sub-Programs
The program could cover a range of subjects, however, the primary sub-group should include Rehab, Maintenance/Repair, and Home Owner Financial Capabilities. In addition, a second “specialty” sub-group should include the TownGreystone and Vintage Home Program and an Owner-Occupied Landlord program.

The chart below is an example of what the program matrix could look like. Each sub-group would encompass a collection of seminars, workshops, hands-on learning events, and some form of technical support. The diversity of content could allow for a wider range of client needs to be
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