If you are interested in applying for a new home, email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for our next orientation class. You must attend orientation to receive an application.
Applicants must meet certain requirements in order for their application to be considered:
A need for housing, which means currently housing conditions are substandard, overcrowded, unsafe, or too expensive in relation to a family's monthly income.
The ability to pay a monthly mortgage with a demonstrable history of income. Credit history is reviewed extensively. Applicants who have been in bankruptcy must have been out of bankruptcy for at least three years and must have satisfied the judgment. Applicants must not have had a foreclosure within 3 years. Habitat Tuscaloosa must have verification of income for everyone living in the home, not just the applicant (see income chart below).
Criminal History / Sex Offender Status is reviewed. If the applicant has a criminal history, the nature of the crime and the length of time elapsed since the crime is considered. Habitat cannot consider registered sex offenders.
A willingness to partner. Partner families must fulfill "sweat equity" hours of volunteer work, both on our construction sites working on their home and other partner families' homes, working at our ReStore, and participating in required workshops and educational classes. One adult household must complete 250 hours of sweat equity. Households with two or more adults must complete 350 hours. Accommodation is made for those with disabilities.
Applicants who appear to meet the requirements of the program are forwarded to Habitat's Family Selection Committee for review. Habitat conducts a home visit and personal interview with families recommended by the committee to learn more about a family's current living situation in order to assess their need for housing and to answer any additional questions the family might have about Habitat.
Once approved, the selected families and Habitat Tuscaloosa sign a "Partnership Agreement." Because there are many more applicants than available homes or funding, the Family Services Committee will select families and individuals who meet all of the qualifications and who have the greatest need for housing.
NOTE In order to be considered for this program, you must currently LIVE or WORK in Tuscaloosa County for at least 6 months.
Habitat Tuscaloosa's Home Repair Program is a great way to inspire and engage others to take action in revitalizing communities. The focus is on critical repairs of existing homes – one home, one block, one neighborhood at a time. Repairs are related to poor structural conditions, safety, landscaping and painting, as well as special needs, including wheelchair ramps.
Habitat Tuscaloosa is currently working to complete repairs for approved applicants from across our service area. Qualified applicants must provide proof of income, proof of homeownership and complete an application.
NOTE We DO NOT repair homes outside of the Tuscaloosa County.
Unfortunately, we are not taking any new applications for home repairs at this time.
Please check back for further updates.
Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa is known for building new homes and repairing existing homes. You may have seen the beautiful neighborhood of mostly Habitat homes built on Juanita Drive in the Alberta community. Prior to the tornado, Juanita Drive was the center of much of the criminal activity in the City of Tuscaloosa. Now, it is a place where neighbors know one another and children play together outside.
Habitat Tuscaloosa plans to build a new neighborhood in West End and has 40 lots currently owned by Barr Realty under contract. Twenty-six of the lots contiguous (see attached diagrams). If we can acquire these lots, 40 families will have the opportunity to become Habitat homeowners, purchasing their homes at fair market value through 0% interest, 30 year mortgages, and at least 250 hours of each homeowner's labor.
However, through a new, innovative program called Operation Transformation, Habitat Tuscaloosa will utilize these construction sites to train students of the construction trades from the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA), and to teach construction skills to young non-violent offenders returning to society from incarceration through a partnership with the non-profit Dannon Project.
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