Family Selection Process
When families are in need of decent shelter due to a variety of circumstances such as unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded living conditions, damaged or dilapidated structures, or lack of access to affordable financing, the mission of Habitat begins. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to live. Our goal is to eliminate poverty housing one house at a time.
The basis for a family’s selection is their level of need for better housing, their willingness to partner with us and work alongside volunteers, and their ability to pay an affordable mortgage. Our families come from a variety of backgrounds and are selected at a local level.
Habitat homeowners play a hands-on role in the homeownership process, beginning with the sweat equity hours they perform. To fulfill sweat equity hours, they work alongside volunteers to help build and renovate the places they will call home. Some also work toward this requirement by putting in time at their local Habitat ReStore, while others may serve on committees or help in their local Habitat office. Future homeowners are also required to attend financial education and budget-planning classes.
Habitat and the families who partner with us understand that a home is a far-reaching investment. A home is a strong foundation on which the families who partner with Habitat can grow and thrive. Families partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a place to call home.