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Member Profile: How the City of Dublin is saving time and managing annual rental certifications with HomeKeeper

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Kim Obstfeld, Housing Specialist for the City of Dublin, a city of about 50,000 people. She uses HomeKeeper to help her manage their below market rate home ownership programs and rental programs. Below are four ways that HomeKeeper has helped Kim to manage their City’s affordable housing program. HomeKeeper… Read More »

The History of HomeKeeper:Local Impact to Shared Measurement

Bigger Boat Consulting recently shared the history of how the HomeKeeper Program began. It all started in the Northwest with a few small programs with very big ambitions. This story was featured on the Bigger Boat blog and features Lisa Byers, the Executive Director of OPAL Community Land Trust.  The Bigger Boat team led the development of the HomeKeeper… Read More »

Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities: Our Experience Adopting HomeKeeper

We spoke to Alice Melton, a Financial Empowerment Coach from Habitat Twin Cities about her HomeKeeper experience. Alice has led the process to get her team up and running with HomeKeeper. We talked to Habitat Twin Cities when they were a month or two out from their data migration. One of the most important factors in their HomeKeeper… Read More »

Member Profile: Mountainlands Community Housing Trust Saves Time By Eliminating Paper Forms

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Mountainlands Community Housing Trust’s Program Manager Brian Guyer.   He was part of the  HomeKeepers’ Form Assembly working group and has incorporated an online application into his approval process.   He works with a very small team and saw an online application form as a way to save… Read More »

Member Profile: How did Hello Housing save their staff 200 hours while processing 450 applications?

Recently we had the opportunity to interview a member of HomeKeepers’ FormAssembly working group, Matt Warner, Program Director for Hello Stewardship, a program of Hello Housing. He is responsible for determining applicant eligibility and coordinating the  loan process. His innovative online application process has saved at least 200 hours of staff time, provided more information… Read More »

User Stories: The Importance of Building a Data Culture From the Start

HomeKeeper was designed to make it practical for homeownership programs to report on some of the most challenging but important long-term metrics; long term outcomes like the homeowner’s return on investment and the success of a program in maintaining the affordability of homes across multiple residents. But for many users, much simpler and immediately available… Read More »

Member Profile: Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County discusses the benefits of storing data in one place

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Ali Sheibani, Habitat for Humanity’s family selection manager for Seattle-King County.  Seattle-King County’s Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, renovating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to… Read More »

Member Profile: How the City of Cambridge is simplifying operations and managing waitlists with HomeKeeper

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Anna Dolmatch, Housing Planner in the Community Development Department for the City of Cambridge, a city of about 105,000 people. Briefly tell us about you and how you use HomeKeeper to quantify the impact of your department. I’ve worked here for about eight years and I oversee the… Read More »

Member Profile: How City First Homes, Inc. is using HomeKeeper to eliminate spreadsheets and track everything

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview David Ogunsanya, the Program and Stewardship Manager at City First Homes, Inc. City First Homes is a nonprofit that helps make home ownership more affordable. City First Homes lowers the barrier to homes and becomes a stepping-stone to homeownership.     Briefly tell us about yourself and how… Read More »

Member Profile: How the BACCLT has improved reporting

We recently had an opportunity to ask Valerie Zekas about her experience with HomeKeeper. Can you tell me about your role at Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts?   I am the Stewardship Coordinator for the Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts. We are made up of four different land trusts in the… Read More »

 

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