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 Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live

 

Become a Homeowner

Habitat partners with qualified, low-income families to provide decent, affordable homes through homeownership. Many families are surprised to learn they can own their own home by partnering with Habitat. It takes some work and determination, but the reward is life-changing for many. It’s a joyous occasion for everyone when the keys are turned over to the new homeowners at the home dedication.

For more information call 239 652-HOME (4663) or download our brochure.

Homeowner Brochure

We invite you to join us for a homeownership informational meeting. This one hour session explains the program and steps to homeownership:

  • Jueves, Noviembre 2nd
    • Español 9:00am @ Habitat Office, 1288 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
  • Thursday, November 2nd
    • English 11:00am @ Habitat Office, 1288 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
  • Thursday, November 16th
    • English 7:00am @ Habitat Office, 1288 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
  • Thursday, November 16th
    • English 10:00am @ Fort Myers Library, 1651 Lee St., (Meeting Room A)
  • Jueves, Noviembre 16th
    • Español 5:00pm @ Habitat Office, 1288 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
  • Jueves, Diciembre 21st
    • Español 9:00am @ Habitat Office, 1288 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
  • Thursday, December 21st
    • English 5:00pm @ Habitat Office, 1288 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers

Getting started is easy. A pre-applications can be downloaded below, picked up at a Homeownership Information Meeting or at the Habitat Administrative Office located at 1288 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. Office hours are Tuesday – Friday, 6:30am – 5pm.

Pre-Application

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Basic Requirements

  • You must have lived or worked in Lee or Hendry County for the past 12 months.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Attend an informational meeting within 6 months.
  • If married, you must apply with your spouse.
  • You must wait 3 years after foreclosure or bankruptcy has been finalized.

 

How Families Are Chosen

A volunteer Selection Committee consisting of Lee and Hendry County citizens considers applications based on the following criteria:

Need

  • You do not already own a home
  • You are currently living in substandard housing which would include any of the following conditions:
    • Home is in poor physical condition
    • Home is overcrowded
    • Rent is subsidized
    • Rent is more than 30% of income
  • Your household gross income is below 80% of the area median income

Maximum Income Limits

Family Size Lee County Hendry County
1 $32,450 $27,100
2 $37,050 $31,000
3 $41,700 $34,850
4 $46,300 $38,700
5 $50,050 $41,800
6 $53,750 $44,900
Note: Income information subject to change

Ability to pay

  • You have proof of at least 2 years of steady, verifiable income
  • You do not have any judgements or liens against you
  • You do not have excessive debt or multiple accounts in collection
  • You pay your rent on time

Willingness to partner with Habitat

  • Contribute 300 hours of “sweat equity”
  • Attend Habitat homeowner training workshops
  • Pay $1,700 towards closing costs

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the Homeowner Informational Meetings?

Homeowner Informational meetings are held monthly at the Habitat Administrative Office. A detailed schedule is available HERE

How soon will I be able to move into my home?

Home availability depends on the building schedule. There could be some time between when you apply, are approved for the program, and then move into your home.

I’ve not built a house before, can I still help on the job site?

Yes! Each job site has a site supervisor who will train you on various construction tasks.

Dedicated to Success

We are dedicated to the success of our Habitat homeowners and to that end, have compiled a list of Homeowner Resources to help them.

Using the skills they learn in the educational classes, and applying themselves diligently to making their mortgage payments every month, many of our homeowners pay off their mortgages. To celebrate their accomplishment, we host a Mortgage Burning Ceremony.

Talk to a Housing Counselor

Preparing to purchase a home can be intimidating and overwhelming. Our Homeownership Advisors are here to help. You can talk with one of our knowledgeable advisors about the home buying process and how to organize your finances.

For more information call 239 652-HOME (4663)

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