Get Housing Help

If your family is in need of affordable safe housing, we would love to help you.

Please read our qualifications below before applying for housing help to ensure you qualify.

Examples of program qualifications

  • Are You Ready To Provide A Safe, Decent, Affordable Home For Your Family?
  • Are you unable to obtain a conventional home loan?
  • Is your current home overpriced, overcrowded or in disrepair?
  • Are you willing to help us build your new home?
  • Are you able to make monthly mortgage and escrow payments?
  • Are you a veteran, elderly and/or disabled?
  • If You Meet Any of This Criteria or Have Any Questions, Contact Us Today For More Information.

FAQ about affordable housing

In general, it’s housing for which the occupant(s) pay no more than 30 percent of their income for gross housing costs, including utilities.

Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording other necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, medical care and education.

Poverty housing includes cost-burdened households, additional energy and fuel poverty, lack of access to water and sanitation, and/or substandard construction in need of repairs, rehabilitation and/or condemnation.

Poverty housing and housing instability jeopardize a child’s performance and success in school and contribute to long-lasting achievement gaps. Housing instability and homelessness have serious, immediate negative impacts on child health. Research increasingly supports the connection of life-long health problems to childhood instability.

Households that pay less from their paychecks for housing costs can afford to spend more on other items, including groceries, clothing and health care. They can also afford to save more for emergencies or for major purchases such as a car or education. Households have greater economic stability because it is easier to avoid living from paycheck to paycheck. They are less likely to face eviction or the stress of moving from place to place because they fall short of rental or housing payments.

People who live in affordable housing tend to be more stable, long-term employees because they do not need to move so often or face difficulties coming to work regularly. Businesses benefit by having a stable employee population with reduced employee turnover and related costs in training new employees. Employers also have fewer problems associated with lack of employee dependability as to whether a sufficient number of employees will show up to work their shifts.

Affordable housing has significant economic impact, including increases in local purchasing power, job creation and new tax revenues. Affordable housing has been shown to have a positive effect on surrounding property values. Often, affordable housing is constructed on vacant, underutilized parcels because they are more cost-effective to develop. This increases the value of the property, which in turn means increased property taxes that flow to local and state governments and local school boards. New or renovated affordable housing often increases the value of neighboring properties and can stabilize marginal neighborhoods.

Affordable housing is often overlooked as an important source of economic development benefits. Local governments experience increased income from occupational license fees or net profits from the jobs and services being provided. Often, affordable housing is constructed on vacant, underutilized parcels because they are more cost-effective to develop. This increases the value of the property, which in turn means increased property taxes that flow to local and state governments and local school boards. New or renovated affordable housing often increases the value of neighboring properties and can stabilize marginal neighborhoods. Government policies that encourage affordable housing, including programs that provide incentives for private developers to build affordable housing (for example, providing density bonuses or other regulatory relief if they include a certain number affordable housing unit in their projects), are an important, if underutilized, way to grow the economy and contribute to the overall prosperity of the entire community.

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There Must Be A Demonstrated Need In Order To Qualify For A Habitat Home

Need is determined by a family’s current living conditions.

Some examples of need are outline below (this list is not all-inclusive).

  • visible holes or large cracks
  • leaks, hazardous/toxic materials
  • electrical problems
  • plumbing problems
  • appliancesnot working
  • more than 2 persons share a room
  • different gendered children sharing a room
  • persons having to sleep on the floor
  • bugs
  • rodents
  • sewage problems
  • stairway in disrepair
  • allergy concerns
  • family currently living with relatives
  • family in emergency shelter
  • homelessness
  • do you need a ramp to enter your house
  • do you need handicap accessability within your home

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Ability to Pay

Ability to pay is determined by information provided and collected during the application process.

Information on the paper application, pay stubs, benefit statements, previously filed federal tax returns, and credit reports are examples of the resources used to determine this ability.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE:

  • a steady, reliable source of income and demonstrate financial responsibility (including state and/or federal aid)
  • the ability to pay a monthly house payment at approximately 25% of gross monthly income (taxes and insurance included)
  • the ability to pay projected monthly utilities (electric/gas & water/sewer)
  • bankruptcy restrictions may apply, check with your local affiliate
  • do NOT have outstanding collections, liens or judgments that cannot reasonably be paid by the completion of the home build
  • qualifications vary by individual affiliate

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Proof of Residency

All applicants must provide documentation of residency and eligibility to work in the US.

One of the following documents is accepted as proof of both residency and eligibility:

  • US Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  • Foreign Passport with temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa
  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document with a Photo ID (Form I-766)
  • Unexpired Foreign Passport with Form I-94
  • Passport from Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of the Marshall Islands with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI.

If one of the above cannot be provided, one document from each category below is required:

  • Driver’s License
  • Federal, State, or Local Government ID Card
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • School ID card with a photograph
  • Native American tribal document
  • U.S. Military identification card/ Military Dependents ID card
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Canadian Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • Certification of Birth Abroad (Form FS-545)
  • US Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)
  • Resident Citizen ID Card (Form I-179)
  • Unexpired Employment Authorization by Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Native American tribal document
  • Certification of Report of Birth (Form DS-1350)
  • Native American Tribal document
  • Employment Authorization document issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security

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Willingness to Partner

A partner family must be willing to complete “sweat-equity” hours.

“Sweat-equity” is when a partner family takes part in building their own home and other Habitat homes and may include activities such as clearing the lot, painting, helping with construction, working in the Habitat office, or other approved activities.

  • Hours and methods of completion of “Sweat-equity” hours vary by affiliate.
  • A portion of the sweat equity hours can be completed by family and friends.
  • All of the hours must be completed before the partner family can purchase the home.

In addition, the partner family must also be willing to attend home buyer education classes.

To apply for housing help, please fill out this form.