Homeownership

We’re so glad you are interested in becoming a homeowner through Habitat for Humanity of Hall County!

The first step to homeownership is attending an orientation meeting. We plan to have an orientation meeting in the Fall of 2018. All future orientations will be scheduled online through this webpage. We are no longer keeping a list of interested potential homeowners. When the meeting is scheduled, it will be posted on this page and our Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/HabitatForHumanityOfHallCounty/

Please check back on this page in July 2018 for self-scheduling. You can review the requirements for homeownership below. 



Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry that helps hard-working, low income families purchase their own home by providing an affordable mortgage - and at no interest - in neighborhoods where Habitat is building homes.  We work in partnership with families, not for them.

Habitat families agree to pay good faith fees, perform sweat equity (volunteer) hours, maintain their homes, and make their monthly mortgage payments on time.

We have the  philosophy that shelter is a basic human need and that everyone deserves a simple, decent place in which to live and grow. We believe that without decent shelter, people are robbed of their hope for the future.  

It is a hand up, not a hand-out program.  

These homes are sold, not given, to approved homeowner applicants. Working together, volunteers and families transcend cultural, status, and racial boundaries while providing affordable housing to those qualified applicants living in Hall County. Moving into and owning a Habitat home improves the quality of life for its residents, not only in their physical surroundings, but also by instilling a sense of pride and responsibility which comes with homeownership.


 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS -  Please review this information!

While this list is not all inclusive, it will give you the fundamental basics of what is needed to meet the 3 criteria.
#1 – Need:

  • Applicants income MUST be within the HUD income guidelines (see chart).

  • Applicants need to live OR work in Hall County.

  • Applicants must be a documented US Citizen or Permanent US Resident.

  • Applicants have a current housing need as determined by the condition of current shelter, housing cost or neighborhood safety. Examples of housing need include: Inadequate shelter because of problems with heating, water supply, electricity, unsafe structure, inaccessibility for disabled family members, etc.; Overcrowded living conditions as determined by number of per- son per bedroom, their ages and genders; Current neighborhood is unsafe or unsuitable for children or other householdmembers.

#2 - Ability to Pay:

 

  • Debt-to-income ratio: Monthly debt payment should not prohibit applicant from meeting normal cost of living expenses. Total long-term debt expenses (including projected house payments, insurance, taxes and utilities) should not exceed 40% of monthly gross income.

  • Applicants agree to disclose financial and personal information, including employment verification, proof of income, tax returns, payment records, criminal background checks, military records (when applicable), credit checks, etc.

  • Applicants have demonstrated an ability to make regular monthly payments for rent, utilities, etc. for 2 years.

  • Applicants do not have excessive collections or more than $2,000 in charge-offs or collection debt.

  • Household income meets HUD guidelines.

  • Applicants have had a steady source of income for a minimum of 2 years.

  • Applicants’ incomes will not stop or decrease if the applicants own a home.

  • Applicants have acceptable credit history.

  • Applicants must be 2 years settled from having any bankruptcy.

#3 - Willingness to Partner:

If approved for Homeownership Program:

  • Applicants must stay connected and engaged with Habitat staff throughout the program.

  • Applicants complete Habitat program application requirements, including the home visit.

  • Applicants agree to meet monthly with the Homeowner Support staff.

  • Applicants agree to fulfill Sweat Equity requirements.

  • Applicants agree to participate and complete Habitat’s homeowner orientation, financial, and education program.

  • Applicants agree to pay all closing costs (minimum of $1,500.00) prior to house being built.

  • Applicants agree to assume full responsibility for the necessary maintenance and repairs of home after occupancy.

  • Applicants agree to make mortgage payments each month for the duration of the mortgage loan.