Becoming a Partner Family
Habitat selects “partner families” to become Habitat homeowners. Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families. Partner families are always selected based on level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.
Applicants are required to meet several qualifications to ensure success. In general, prospective homeowners must:
Be citizens or legal residents.
Prove steady income.
Have good credit.
Earn a monthly income that falls within minimum and maximum limits, depending on household size.
In addition, each partner family will be required to:
Invest sweat-equity hours. Two-parent partner families work 400 sweat equity hours. Single-parent families work 300 sweat equity hours. The families must finish half of the sweat equity before construction on their house can begin and all of the hours must be completed before they can move in. That sweat equity can include work on Habitat houses, self-improvement classes (such as financial management, insurance planning and home care) and volunteer service to the community and Habitat, as long as it is approved by Habitat. Up to 1/3 of the required hours can be completed by extended family and friends.
Attend homeowner education classes.