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All 2024 orientation classes are currently full.

Please check this page for updates.

homeownership

HOMEOWNERSHIP THROUGH HABITAT

Becoming a homeowner is a big step that can provide financial stability and a safe, healthy home for you and your family to live and grow. If purchasing a home the “traditional way” seems out of reach, see if Habitat Tuscaloosa’s Path to Homeownership program is right for you. Our new homes offer a low down payment and an affordable monthly payment.

Homeownership

affordable homeownership BUILDS STRONG FAMILIES, RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Habitat believes in the value of not only affordable housing, but of affordable homeownership in building strong, resilient communities. Communities with higher homeownership rates have lower crime rates, more community involvement, and higher property values.

 

Purchasing a home through Habitat gives individuals and families the opportunity to build wealth while providing their families a stable, healthy place to grow and succeed.

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HOW TO QUALIFY

THE PATH TO HOMEOWNERSHIP  OVERVIEW

Habitat Tuscaloosa does not rent or give away homes! Habitat Tuscaloosa builds attractive, affordable, energy-efficient homes in partnership with homebuyers, volunteers and donors. Our in-house financing offers our participants a 30-year, 0% interest mortgage with the ability to finance most of the closing costs.

 

Habitat homebuyers:

  • Complete homebuyer and financial education classes

  • Make a $1,000 down payment

  • Volunteer with us for at least 250 hours (opportunities for all ability levels)

  • Choose from one of our available lots and house plans

  • Purchase the home for the appraised value, plus closing costs

  • Agree to maintain the home as their residence

  • Demonstrate they can afford an estimated mortgage payment between $650-$850/month (payment includes property tax and homeowner’s insurance)

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

When evaluating applications Habitat Tuscaloosa looks at several criteria. Successful applicants have:

 

  • Lived or worked in Tuscaloosa County for at least 6 months

  • A total household income that is between 30% -80% of Area Median Income

  • Demonstrate a need for housing

  • Are willing to complete 250-350 volunteer hours in a timely manner

  • Have a stable, reliable income

  • Have an acceptable level of non-housing debt and payment history

  • Been discharged from any prior bankruptcy for at least three (3) years

 

Click here to learn more income and credit requirements

 

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APPLICATION PROCESS

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

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HOMEOWNERSHIP THROUGH HABITAT ORIENTATION

How to Register for the Orientation

  • Choose the time and date that works best for you

  • Click on the registration link in the blue column to sign-up (opens May 31st)

  • Only register for one (1) class

  • Add apps@habitattuscaloosa.org to your contacts

  • Watch your email for important information and reminders about the orientation

  • Attend one (1) of our Homeownership through Habitat orientations

  • Check your email for the application link

 

REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 31, 2024

All 2024 orientation classes are currently full.

Please check this page for updates.
Date
Time
Registration - Closed
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, 2024
5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2024
5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 29, 2024
10:00 a.m.
JUNE 18 SESSION IS FULL 
JUNE 20 SESSION IS FULL 
JUNE 25 SESSION IS FULL 
JUNE 26 SESSION IS FULL 
JUNE 29 SESSION IS FULL 
JUNE 27 SESSION IS FULL 
JUNE 27 SESSION IS FULL 

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION & INTERVIEWS

Completing the Application

  • Check your email for the link to the application (sent after you attend an orientation)

  • Accurately complete all sections of the application

  • Mail or submit your application online by July 15, 2024

  • Provide any additional information or documents requested in a timely manner

  • Be on-time for any interviews or meetings

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We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or sources of income.

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