HABITAT HOMEOWNERSHIP

                                                                                        We empower through shelter. 

             West Orange Habitat makes housing affordable for those who may not be able to otherwise achieve homeownership.

Homeownership interest begins by attending an orientation which are typically held twice per year. After reviewing the criteria for homeownership on this page, please complete the interest form below and we will notify you of the next scheduled orientation.

WEST ORANGE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY partners with families whose income levels are not high enough to qualify for other homeownership programs. We partner with hard-working, low-income families and the community to build safe, decent homes with affordable mortgages. At the same time, we prepare our Habitat families to be successful, long-term homeowners. If you are interested in homeownership, please review the criteria on this page to learn more about the program and if it’s right for you. 

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Qualify WITH A HOUSING NEED

You may qualify for homeownership if:

  • You are unable to qualify for homeownership through other conventional means

  • You have lived or worked in West Orange County for at least the last 12 months.

  • You have had the same job or source of verifiable income for at least the last 6 months

  • Your current housing is:

    • Inadequate: Lack of adequate housing may include problems with the present structure such as: water; electrical or sewage service systems; heating system; hazardous; poorly maintained (substandard); or failure to meet city property maintenance standards.

    • Overcrowded: Overcrowded conditions take into consideration the make-up and size of your household compared to the number of bedrooms in your home.

    • Transitional: Transitional housing includes living with family members or a friend or other temporary housing arrangements. 

    • Government Subsidized: Your current household rental costs are subsidized by housing programs such as Section 8 or other Low Rent Programs.

    • Unaffordable: Unaffordable housing exists if the current monthly rent you pay is greater than 30% of your monthly

      household income. 

Cost of Home

Habitat for Humanity’s new campaign, Cost of Home, aims to lower the living costs of homes so more people can afford to live in a house comfortably and safely:

More than 18 million households pay half or more of their paycheck on a safe place for them and their families to live. West Orange Habitat for Humanity is joining Habitat for Humanity branches all across the nation to try and help cut down the cost of home in the USA. Over the next five years, Habitat for Humanity is committing to sending volunteers and partners all across the country to help find solutions and create policies that will allow 10 million people to reach the goal of making the cost of home more affordable.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Learn more about the Habitat for Humanity campaign here

  • Meet with local policy makers, use the resources found here to create a meaningful conversation.

  • Customize a graphic and share it on your social media pages, link found here

  • Watch and share the video Habitat for Humanity made about the campaign, seen here

  • Read up and know your facts about the cost of home in Florida, and in our community. The information can be found here

  • Use the hashtag #CostOfHome on social media to let your efforts be seen through our community, and throughout the Habitat for Humanity community

Service Area

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Ability to REPAY a no interest mortgage

You and your family will be considered if your total income is between 30% and 80% of the area median income for Orange County as set by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The income eligibility criteria varies based on family size and is updated annually. For 2019, the allowable range of total income is as follows:

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A prospective homeowner partner must be able pass a background and credit check and demonstrate credit worthiness in accordance with West Orange Habitat requirements.

Willingness to Partner

If you are approved by West Orange Habitat as a prospective homeowner partner you must: be willing to:

  • Live in the home provided by West Orange Habitat and timely pay an affordable, no-interest mortgage.

  • Contribute 300 to 400 sweat equity hours in the construction of your home or others

  • Successfully complete Homeowner Education Workshops provided by West Orange Habitat.

PLEASE complete form below and PLAN TO ATTEND OUR NEXT COMMUNITY ORIENTATION TO LEARN MORE

If you are interested in learning more about homeownership opportunities available through West Orange Habitat, please:

  1. Complete and submit the form below and you will be added to our invitation list for the next orientation

  2. Arrive on time to attend the homeownership community orientation and stay for the duration of the presentation. Ample opportunity will be given for questions and answers. Applications will be distributed at the conclusion. 

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