Becoming a Homeowner
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Habitat offers “a hand up, not a hand out.”
Our partner families re-pay an affordable mortgage and contribute hours of manual labor or *sweat equity hours while building their home. Becoming a Habitat homeowner has three basic requirements:
1) A demonstrated need for housing
2) A willingness to partner with HFHGG, and
3) The ability to pay an affordable mortgage.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland accepts applications for home-ownership on an annual basis. If you are interested in home-ownership, please look at the criteria below to self-determine whether or not you think you qualify for home-ownership through our program.
Income is the first criteria to be met (based on family size):
GROSS ANNUAL INCOME must be between $17,500 and $65,820 depending on family size:
(Income includes annual cash receipts BEFORE taxes or deductions from ALL sources: Salary, SNAP, child support, SSI, disability, AFDC/TANF, Social Security, pensions, alimony/maintenance, regular insurance or annuity, etc.)
**Per HUD’s Income Limits effective July 2020
The following criteria MUST also be met:
- MUST currently live or work in Garland, Rowlett, or Sachse for at least one year (must be documented)
- MUST Be a First Time Home buyer
- MUST Be a US citizen or have permanent resident status
- Have 2 years rental and employment history (rental history must be in applicant’s or co-applicant’s name)
- Agree to Credit and Criminal Background checks – pay a non-refundable fee
- MUST have a credit score of at least 620 with no delinquencies or collections of any kind with the exception of up to $3,000 in medical debt.
Home Buyer FAQ’s
What is expected of families waiting for their home?
- *Invest up to 300-450 hours of sweat equity (plus hours for additional adults, 18 or older, living in the home)
- Complete all Home Buyer education requirements
What is expected after our Homeowners close on their home?
- Make timely payments
- Maintain the home
- Continue to be a witness for Habitat
Do homeowners have a choice of home location?
No. Habitat Greater Garland builds where lots are available. Homeowners do not have a choice of where in the city of Garland, Rowlett or Sachse the home is built. It is determined by the availability of lots.
What size are Habitat homes?
Our typical home is approximately 1250-1500 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living, kitchen, and dining areas, and a 2 car garage. ***Home size and design may vary as Garland, Rowlett and Sachse Building codes dictate.
*Sweat Equity Hours: Sweat Equity is the term we use to describe the time a home buyer volunteers.
Each Garland Habitat home buyer is required to complete between 300-450 sweat equity hours before a family closes and moves into the house. Of the total hours required, up to 100 hours may be completed by friends and family.
How Do I Earn Sweat Equity Hours?
- Help build a Habitat Greater Garland home on a scheduled build day.
- Work in the Greater Garland Habitat ReStore.
- Act as an Ambassador for our program and attend community outreach events.
All sweat equity must be properly recorded and submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator or Compliance Specialist on a monthly basis.