The “Learn2Own” Program is a self-sufficiency program that encourages economically and socially disadvantaged families in the Chester County region to prepare for financial independence. The program is multifaceted; designed to provide financial assistance, life coaching and financial training to those who qualify as capable of owning a home within 3 years. Qualified applicants will have a portion of their rent paid by the program but are required to contribute a minimum amount, based on income, each month. Funds will be placed in escrow by the program and used as a down payment on a new home after the family has graduated. While the primary outcome is homeownership, secondary outcomes include diminished dependence on welfare systems, personal credit improvement, budgeting, and home maintenance awareness. This model works in tandem with the County’s established Self-Sufficiency Case Management Model. Chester County OIC can provide case management services to residents and prospective residents (and their families) to assist them in moving toward this self-sufficiency model,
Specific outputs will be determined and well as data collection procedures to determine program progress.