Qualifying for a Habitat Home
Interested in buying a Habitat home?
After reviewing the homebuyer criteria, click the button below to access our Homebuyer Application.
Creating opportunities for home ownership is the core of Habitat NRV’s work. Habitat builds and sells homes, at cost, with low- or no-interest loans. We keep costs down by using donated materials and volunteer labor. Homes are sold to households who demonstrate need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat. Because there are minimal labor costs, no profits for the builders and no interest on their loan, many partner families pay less per month for their Habitat home than they paid in rent for a substandard dwelling.
Community volunteers work side-by-side with future Habitat homeowners, who invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their homes. Increasing home ownership brings many benefits, not only to the new homeowners, but also to the neighborhood and the community at large. These benefits include better educational outcomes, increased property values, and neighborhood and community stability.
How do I Qualify?
A qualifying Habitat Partner Family:
Demonstrates need for safe and affordable housing. Criteria for this may include: Physical problems with the dwelling, Living in publicly or privately subsidized housing, Living in overcrowded conditions, Living in high crime neighborhoods, Paying 30% or more of gross income to rent, Receiving a Housing Choice Voucher
Must complete a minimum number of sweat equity hours. Partners earn their hours by helping to build their own home and/or the homes of other families. They also can earn sweat equity by working in The Habitat ReStore, in the Habitat office, or by representing Habitat at public functions. If you have a disability or cannot work at the job site, we will gladly find other volunteer opportunities for you.
Earns 30%-80% of Area Median Income. These numbers vary depending on family size.
You can check your counties median income by using the virginia.gov database.