Substandard Housing Conditions. There are five different circumstances that Habitat considers “substandard” or “unsafe.” To qualify you must meet one or more of these circumstances. Examples include unsafe living conditions, overcrowding, high cost burden (paying more than 50% of your income to housing), dangerous neighborhood, and/or transitional housing. Please review the Habitat Homebuyer Eligibility Interest Form guidelines provided with the Preliminary Eligibility Interest Form to learn more about specific examples of substandard or unsafe conditions.
Ability to pay. Eligible applicants must have the ability to make timely monthly mortgage payments on their Habitat home, and have good credit. Habitat for Humanity sells homes at cost to approved applicants. The average mortgage for a single-family home in 2020 is between $125,000 and $175,000. This can mean monthly mortgage payments ranging between $350 and $500 per month, plus taxes and insurance.
Partnering with Habitat.
Future homeowners are required to complete a minimum of 500 hours of volunteer time (sweat equity
) before purchasing their home. They must also participate in home-ownership training classes, some financial education, and credit counseling. We ask that our homebuyers demonstrate effort and good faith in working together with us.
Habitat performs background and sex offender checks on all members of an applicant family’s household 10 years of age and older. It is our policy not to accept any applicants who have been convicted of a sex crime and/or who must legally have their name on the national sex offender registry.
All applications are processed by our volunteer Homebuyer Selection Committee with final approval by the Board of Directors. At Habitat for Humanity, our goal is to build lasting relationships with our Partner Homebuyers and to see them succeed in every way.