WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING HOMEOWNERSHIP APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.
Next expected open application period: Fall/Winter 2020 *Subject to change*
Habitat is founded on the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent, affordable home in which to live in dignity and safety. With decent housing, families thrive as they are freed from the worry and stress of unaffordable and unacceptable living conditions. Potential home-buyers might be dealing with poorly built, unhealthy, damaged or inadequate housing. Alternatively, you might have a rent or mortgage that you cannot afford, or may be living in a home that is inaccessible for your disabilities.
Applying for a Home
Habitat for Humanity Tri-County Partners builds homes for low-income families, whose present housing is inadequate. Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S., and have lived in the community of application for at least one year. Applicants need to have the resources to pay a low monthly mortgage. See the charts below to see if you meet the required income.
The following three criteria must be met to apply for a Habitat home:
Need for Adequate Shelter: Applicants must demonstrate a need for better housing. Potential home-buyers might be dealing with poorly built, unhealthy, damaged or inadequate housing. Alternatively, you might have a rent or mortgage that you cannot afford, or may be living in a home that is inaccessible for your disabilities.
Ability to Pay: Applicants must have the resources to pay a low, monthly mortgage. Each homeowner’s monthly mortgage payment goes into a revolving fund that is used to build more Habitat homes for other hard-working families.
Willingness to Partner: Applicants must be willing to commit to the “sweat equity” requirement of 500 hours on the construction of their home or other qualified projects.
If you have questions, feel free to call us at (509) 943-5555 to speak with our Family Services Coordinator. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The income level that qualifies you for a Habitat home is between 30% and 60% of the current median income level in your area. Your total family income is what we use to determine your eligibility. This should be a steady source of income, so that you will be able to afford monthly mortgage payments on a house. The applicant and co-applicant’s credit history will be investigated and your Equifax credit score must be at least 640.
You and your family must be willing to put in 500 hours of unpaid volunteer work for various projects. This is known as sweat equity and is required of all Habitat families. Once you are accepted as a Habitat family, you may be helping to build houses other than your own. If you have physical limitations that would keep you from swinging a hammer or performing other manual labor, you can help with office work, volunteer coordination and newsletter mailings. Your willing participation in these projects not only helps with the work of Habitat for Humanity, but also shows your sincerity and commitment to the partnership.
Your current housing must be inadequate based on the size and/or condition of the home or some other factor. For example, you may be experiencing unsafe or unhealthy conditions, overcrowding, pest infestations, or paying too much for rent.
Are you prepared to wait as long as two years for your home to be built? Habitat for Humanity is not an emergency housing program, or a quick fix to your current housing situation. Our goal is to build communities as well as homes, and this process takes time. We are trying to provide a permanent solution.
You must be willing to accept a home in your service area. Habitat families that live in the Tri-Cities will be offered homes in Benton or Franklin counties. Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity cannot guarantee that the home you are offered will be located or built in any given part of Kennewick, Pasco or Richland.
You must be willing to accept the home that is assigned to your family. This decision is made based upon the size and needs of your family. Habitat for Humanity homes are simple, decent, and affordable home and do not have formal dining rooms, wood stoves, fireplaces or decks.
Once accepted as a candidate family, you must begin saving money each month to pay the closing costs on your Habitat home mortgage. This money must be paid before you can move into your home. The average closing cost for one of your homes is $9,000. Since you will have up to two years to save, a small amount saved each month will get you to this goal. You must also agree to make regular monthly house payments. It is important that these payments are made on time because your mortgage payments go toward building the home of the next family on the list.
Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity relies upon the goodwill of our community to build and repair homes for qualified families. Donations and volunteer labor by individuals and groups are our primary sources of support. For public relations purposes, you and your family may be asked to pose for photos or be interviewed by news or television reporters. More importantly, as a Habitat family, you must be willing to keep up your Habitat home in a manner that speaks well of the organization. This means that you are expected to keep your home and lot in good order and not to engage in any activities that are disruptive to the community or are in any way illegal.
In addition, a First Time Homebuyers class through Washington State Housing Finance Commission is required. This class is taken offsite by an approved lender. Please click on the link below for additional information and instructions on how to get signed up for a class that fits your schedule.
Habitat has several opportunities available including event, project, build and home sponsorships. If you are interested in sponsorship, please call us at 509-943-5555 or email email@example.com. We sincerely thank the companies and organizations who have partnered with us this past year.
Walla Walla Income Guidelines
Provided by Housing and Urban Development for Walla Walla. Guidelines effective June 28, 2020 and are subject to change.