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Mission Statement:
Seeking to put God's love into action. Escambia County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Application and Selection Criteria

Escambia County Habitat for Humanity accepts applications during timeframes approved by our Board of Directors. We usually accept applications once a year. If you would like to receive notification when the next Orientation Sessions are scheduled, please send your name, mailing address, and any comments to Escambia County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 119, Brewton, AL 36427.
Family Selection Criteria

These are the basic guidelines followed in qualifying families to obtain housing through ECHFH:

Need

  1. 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 structure, water, electrical, sewage, or heating/cooling systems or failure to meet city property maintenance standards. Also taken into consideration are the number of occupants and the ages/sex of children compared to the number of bedrooms in your home.
  2. Your income should fall within 25-50% of the median income for Escambia County. Currently that range is approximately $13,600 - $22,700 for a four person household.
  3. The percentage of your monthly income that you currently spend on housing is considered to determine your need. You will be required to openly and fully discuss your financial situation with a Habitat interviewer.
  4. You must currently live in Escambia County, Alabama.
Ability to Pay

Since you will be actually buying your home from Habitat, you must demonstrate your ability to pay the monthly mortgage payment. The payment will include not only the mortgage payment, but also the payment for real estate taxes and insurance. We will help you to determine if this payment will jeopardize your ability to meet all your other family financial obligations and expenses. We can also help you if you need to develop a budget to determine your eligibility. There is no interest on the loan for a Habitat home.

Willingness to Participate as a Partner with Habitat
  1. When selected, you become a "partner family" with Habitat. Your assistance in constructing your home and the homes of others is called "sweat equity" and may include clearing the lot, painting, helping with construction, cleaning during construction, providing food for volunteers or helping in the Habitat office. As a partner family, you must complete 400 hours of sweat equity. You will be asked to enroll in several hours of training on budgeting, home maintenance, etc., which will apply toward your sweat equity hours. Hours worked by famly and friends may also apply toward your sweat equity.
  2. You will be responsible for maintenance and repairs of your house from the time you move in your home.
  3. After moving into your home, the Family Support Committee will maintain an ongoing relationship with you, which includes financial counseling and household maintenance and education.