With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the
Center for Housing Research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia
Tech) conducted an evaluation of the HUD Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO)
demonstration program. The evaluation consisted of a review of background information, a
review of zoning and land-use issues, interviews with key groups, physical inspections of the
ECHO units, a financial viability assessment, and findings and recommendations.