"No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. Because you, me, we - we're all humans. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future."
- Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.
Future Habitat homeowners become active participants in building a better future for themselves and their community. Families work alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Families also attend home owner and financial classes to prepare them for long-term success.
2019 APPLICATION INFORMATION
- We will not be selecting any new families in 2019 so will not be holding any public meetings.
Sample applications can still be picked up at our Hillsboro office or download one HERE. PLEASE NOTE: the packet is 20 pages and contains important information about the program, as well as the application itself, which begins on page 10 of the packet.
THE AREA WE SERVE
Each Habitat office serves a different territory. Willamette West is currently building houses in Aloha, Beaverton, and Hillsboro. If you are interested in buying a Habitat home elsewhere, you will need to contact the Habitat affiliate in your area.
HOMEOWNER SELECTION CRITERIA
Your application, and subsequent home visit if you qualify, will be reviewed for the following information:
Need: You will be considered for a Habitat home if your present housing is not adequate and if you are unable to obtain adequate housing through other conventional means. Lack of adequate housing may include problems with the present structure; water, electrical or sewage service systems; heating system, or failure to meet city property maintenance standards. Also taken into consideration are overcrowding issues and the number, ages and gender of children compared to the number of bedrooms in your present home.
Ability to pay a mortgage: You must be able to afford a monthly house payment. Willamette West Habitat homes are sold with an affordable mortgage based on your household income at the time of sale. You will be required to openly and fully discuss your financial situation with Habitat personnel.
Be able to save between $4,000 - $5,000 for appliances, first month’s mortgage payment and first year’s homeowner insurance.
Willingness to partner with Habitat: You and your family must be willing to work in partnership with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity. We require 500 hours of sweat equity contributed by family and friends. Sweat equity is volunteer time spent building your home and the homes of your neighbors, speaking at events, meeting with donors and Habitat staff, etc. Kids can even earn sweat equity by getting good grades in school!
All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.
Documentation to prove legal U.S. residency includes the following and must be shown when you turn in your completed application:
- A U.S. Passport OR
- An Oregon Driver’s License/I.D. card AND your U.S. Birth Certificate OR
- An Oregon Driver’s License/I.D. card AND your proof of Permanent U.S. Residency
2019-2020 HOUSEHOLD INCOME GUIDELINES:
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We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sources of income, or any other legally protected class.
HABITAT INFORMATION MEETING NOTIFICATION FORM
Complete this form to be notified when a public, Habitat information meeting will take place. This form is NOT an application for a Habitat home.