The application process for 2020 has been completed, no further applications will be accepted this year.
Click on the video below to watch a presentation about our program to see if it's right for you.
Sample applications can be downloaded HERE. PLEASE NOTE: this is the 2020 application packet. It can be used to give you an idea of the program requirements and documentation you might need if you apply for our program in 2021. The application itself begins on page 11 of the packet.
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.
"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.
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 unexpired Driver’s License/I.D. card AND your U.S. Birth Certificate OR
- An unexpired Driver’s License/I.D. card AND your proof of Permanent U.S. Residency
2020-2021 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.