- 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 overcrowding, problems with the present structure; water, electrical or sewage service systems; or heating system.
- You must be willing to partner with Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. This includes full program participation and a mandatory completion of 200/275 hours (single/family homeownership) of “sweat equity.”
- You and your family will be considered if your annual total income is between 50-80% of the median income for Fort Bend County, and your projected monthly housing payment to Fort Bend Habitat is at or below 30% of your monthly income.
YEAR 2020 GUIDELINES
How to Apply
In order to apply for a Fort Bend Habitat home, you must first complete and submit an initial Homeowner Assessment. You may download an submit the assessment below, or you can call or stop by our offices and request an assessment be mailed to you.
All assessments will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Habitat for Humanity is NOT a giveaway program.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, but if you meet the criteria and are accepted into the program, we will invite you to become a Habitat Family Partner and purchase one of our homes.
If you are interested in the Fort Bend Habitat program and have reviewed the requirements, the next step is to learn more about our program and receive homeowner assessment. To talk to someone about the process, please call (281) 403-0708 x.303.
Applicants submit an assessment and then, if approved, an application. Applications are reviewed, and a home interview will be scheduled. The Family Selection committee members then recommend which families will be selected.
YES. We will ask you as a homeowner applicant to submit financial documentation to us. We will verify income, check credit, and make an assessment as to whether Habitat is an appropriate program for you. You do not have to have perfect credit, but Habitat does need to ensure that payments are being made.
Sweat equity is the time participants invest in lieu of a down payment. Following approval by the selection committee, the future homeowner must complete 200/275 hours (single/family homeownership) of sweat equity before being able to purchase the home. Your friends and family may also help work toward your hours, and you may do sweat equity on our construction sites, in the office, or at our retail store.
Ideally construction of a home begins within a year from the time of approval, and completion of the home will vary depending on our overall construction schedule. The construction process is a complex one with many variables depending on funding sources and the building requirements, and this complexity makes it difficult to predict the length of time from purchase of a property to completion of home(s).
We build simple, decent three- to four-bedroom single family homes with between 1070 and 1270 square feet depending on the family size. The size and layout depend on our construction schedule, funding sources, and each family’s needs. We are able to build to ADA standards at request.
In addition to sweat equity and homeowner classes, we ask families to share their stories. We occasionally get family partners to talk about the program or be featured in media, but we always respect your privacy and wishes. At Fort Bend Habitat we build community by asking you to meet neighbors, get involved in Homeowners’ Associations and becoming a true partner to our program.