With a focus on better understanding the impact of our homeownership program, evaluating outcomes, and developing innovative data-driven approaches, Dallas Habitat is committed to producing work that helps create sector and societal change.
Learn more about the benefits of homeownership in the trajectory of family life, economic stability, and the revitalization of neighborhoods.
The historic Mill City neighborhood is located south of Fair Park, the home of the Texas State Fair, the Cotton Bowl, and a number of museums and historic buildings. Over the past decade, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity has worked with organizations to revitalize the neighborhood. In July 2014, a walking survey was conducted to create a baseline evaluation of each parcel in the community to measure a physical change over time. This baseline evaluation also highlights the needs of the community and suggests a plan for the future.
Since 2012, Dallas Habitat has conducted an annual condition survey of Exeter Avenue and Calder Street in Oak Cliff Gardens. Each year, the physical condition of the 97 parcels along a quarter-mile area is rated using an evaluation instrument adapted from NeighborWorks’ Success Measures.
This report presents the results from the 2013 Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Survey. During the summer of 2013, we surveyed our partner families (1,204 Habitat homeowners) about their experiences with Dallas Habitat and with homeownership. Our goal was to better understand the Dallas Habitat Homeownership Program from the homebuyer’s perspective and to evaluate the impact of the program.Full Version of the Homeowner Survey Report 2013 Executive Summary of the Homeowner Survey Report 2013
In a study commissioned by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, University of North Texas researchers have identified the most blighted areas of Dallas using a newly created “composite blight index” measurement tool. The study found that high blight areas are a drain on the City’s resources and budget dollars.
Download a copy of the Blight Study:Full Version Abridged Version Executive Summary
Community Impact Report
The Community Impact Report provides a snapshot of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s work in six Dallas neighborhoods. Although these neighborhoods represent just a portion of our work in more than 20 neighborhoods, they reflect the many ways in which we transform communities.
Download a full copy of the Community Impact Report here:Community Impact Report
Economic Impact Study
As Dallas Habitat works to accomplish its mission, it also generates millions of dollars of economic activity and supports hundreds of local jobs. An economic impact analysis conducted under the auspices of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) looked beyond how Habitat affects individuals and examined its impact on the region. Conducted in the summer and fall of 2010, the study used an input-output model that tracks how spending flows through the region. Dallas Habitat’s direct spending generates spending by firms and individuals, multiplying the impact of its activities.
Download a copy of the Economic Impact Study here:Economic Impact Study