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Evaluating Homebuyer Education and Counseling


  • HUD is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of their homebuyer education and counseling programs.
  • Abt is conducting an experimental evaluation which includes almost 6,000 study participants.
  • This study will be completed in 2020.
The Challenge

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wants to know about the effectiveness of homebuyer education and counseling programs.

The Approach

The evaluation drew from 28 metropolitan areas, resulting in a sample of nearly 6,000 prospective first-time homebuyers with low-to-middle incomes. The study engaged three major lenders, two national service providers and more than 60 local housing counseling agencies to help carry out the evaluation.

The Results

The study is following households for about five years and will provide objective evidence on how these services help first-time homebuyers develop knowledge and skills and improve their financial health and homeownership sustainability.

This is the latest in a series of studies of homebuyer education and counseling that Abt Associates is conducting for HUD. Previous reports and publications include the following: