Providing safe housing and building safe communities often means improving existing homes and neighborhoods. In addition to rehabilitating homes for Habitat homebuyers, some local affiliates partner with non-Habitat homeowners whose homes may have maintenance needs because of an inability to afford repairs. Contact your local Habitat affiliate to see if a repair program is available in your area.
Own a home
If you or someone you know is in need of decent, affordable housing, please contact your local Habitat affiliate. Partner families are selected based on several criteria including income with the minimum and maximum limits set by each local affiliate. Homebuyers must also have an income and reasonably good credit. Local affiliates have selection committees that look at applicants to determine need for housing and the ability to repay a zero-percent or low-interest loan. Habitat affiliates are nondiscriminatory in selecting partner families. Affiliates work with families throughout the application process, and as they fulfill their requirements to become Habitat homeowners.
Habitat provides a hand-up, not a handout. Once approved, Habitat partner families are required to complete several hundred sweat-equity hours building their own homes and those of other partner families. Applicants must also attend financial education classes. Most families find that the experience of becoming a Habitat homeowner is a special opportunity to learn new skills in construction and money management. It's also a great chance to connect with new neighbors and make new friends!