- If the applicant passes Phase 2, a home interview will be scheduled.
- During the home interview, our Family Selection Committee meets with the applicant for additional analysis. This committee recommends applicants who qualify for the Homeownership Program to our Board of Directors.
- If the Board of Directors accepts the committee’s recommendation, an acceptance letter will be mailed to applicant, inviting them to formally participate in our Homeownership Program.
Habitat for Humanity supports equal housing opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or lawful source of income.
Once accepted into the program, what’s next?
Approved applicants, known as Habitat Partners, show their dedication to homeownership by completing the following requirements:
- Volunteering 300-500 Sweat Equity hours
- Attending required homeownership classes and workshops
- Saving $1,000 for a down payment
It can take up to 18 months to complete the program requirements and move into a Habitat home.
What is Sweat Equity?
The term refers to the hands-on involvement of prospective homeowners in the construction of their homes, as well as in other Habitat and community activities. At Habitat Kent, Habitat Partners are required to complete 300-500 Sweat Equity hours, based on the number of mortgage applicants and adults in the household.
How does Habitat Kent determine home size?
Our homes range from 2 to 5 bedrooms depending on the size of the Habitat Partner’s household.
Back to top
Where does Habitat Kent build homes?
We build homes mostly in Greater Grand Rapids, but have some in other areas of Kent County, Eastern Ottawa County and Northern Allegan County.
Can Habitat homeowners sell their Habitat homes?
Habitat homeowners can sell their homes; however, Habitat for Humanity has a right of first refusal, meaning homes must first be offered back to Habitat for purchase. Habitat will either purchase it or refuse it. Refusal allows Habitat homeowners to put their home on the market by conventional means.
Back to top