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Using Data to Tell our Stories and Inform our Work

Now that folks are starting to mine their data, we're seeing a lot of great ideas for how users are using their data to tell their stories. Here are just a few examples that we've heard from the field: 

Example Statement Why it Matters How Can I track This Data in HomeKeeper?

Our owners paid over $400,000 in  property taxes last year. 

Our owners have paid over $2,000,000 in property taxes since 1996.

More homeowners means more tax dollars for the local community. But just how much money do owners in your program contribute to the tax base? Enter Property Taxes annually. Create a report and dashboard summing up Taxes paid.

Over 30% of our buyers are teachers, healthcare workers.

15% of our owners work for the the local Hospital and 20% work for the local school district.

Who does your program serve? By understanding the occupations of your homeowners, you can help put a face to the problem and beneficiaries of your program.  If you notice a concentration at one employer, you can approach them to coordinate outreach, or even invite them to sponsor your next annual fundraising event!

Track Occupation on the Income Sources records and create reports and dashboards. There is also an Occupation field on the Service File which is automatically populated from the largest Income Source.

Enter Employer on the Income Source record. You may need to create an Account first for the employer.

We have paid over $82 million to 62 local construction-related businesses over the last 6 years.  Housing development means local economic development and job creation. By tracking the number of dollars invested into the  community, you can show how your organization locally invests your funder's and donor's funds. Keep track of Development Costs for all new construction and acquisition-rehab projects.  Look-up the Account of the Vendor.

There are currently 14 school-age children in our homes.

Only 30% of our partner families have school-age children.

Some programs face critics who argue that new homes increase the burden on existing public schools. Is that true? The only way to really know is to count.

Enter date of birth for every Application Household Member and create a report showing all school-aged children.

At the time of application, ask which schools the children attend, if any. Record on the Application Household Member record.

On average, we increase the value of a home by $75,000.

See our before and after photos to see how we are improving the Everheart Neighborhood.

Acquisition-rehab programs don't just provide homes for owners. They also improve the overall housing stock of the local community. The easiest way to show the increase in value is to measure the appraised (or sometimes the assessed value) over time, though sometimes a few before and after photos can speak volumes.

Compare the unrestricted appraised market value at the time of acquisition to the appraised value after the rehab is complete.

Take photos inside and out each time the property changes ownership and upload to HomeKeeper.  Try and take photos from the same spot each time so you can compare changes over time.

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