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 Habitat homes provide
a foundation for a better life.

How do I become a Habitat Homeowner?

Do you meet the following criteria?

Need for Shelter

  • Don’t Own a Home
  • Lack of adequate space
  • Overcrowded living conditions

Need For Shelter

To qualify to purchase a Habitat home, you must not currently own a home.

Other examples that show a need:

  • Pay more than 30% of your monthly income for housing expenses
  • Live in an overcrowded situation,
  • Live in a home with structural, electrical and plumbing problems, no heat, etc.)

Ability to Pay

  • Employed 12+ Months
  • Meet HUD  Income Requirements
  • Paid Rent 12+ Months

Ability to Pay

In evaluating your financial situation, consider the following statements.

  1. Applicants must demonstrate stable and consistent residence (with paying rent) for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Applicants will be asked to provide paperwork and references that will verify ability to (a) make affordable house payments per month, (b) make utility payments, and (c) budget for home maintenance and repair (inside and outside).
  3. Applicants must have stable and consistent employment for a minimum of 12 months.
  4. Applicants’ credit history will be evaluated to verify that (a) they have no judgments on their credit report, (b) they have no outstanding child support owed, (c) any bankruptcies have been resolved for 2 years, without addition incurred unpaid debt, (d) any repossessions, charge-offs, and foreclosures have been resolved for 2 years, (e) non-medical collections resolved 2 years from date last active, (f) 1% of student loans counted as debt, (g) they have no apartment collections, (h) they have no delinquent student loans, (i) all other debt will be counted in debt to income ratios.
  5. Applicants’ annual income between 30-80% of HUD-defined Annual Median Income (AMI), which is determined by family size (see below chart).
  6. Applicants must meet housing income ratio of 31% and total debt ratio 42% *Note, the housing cost is determined by current market rate purchase costs.
  7. In addition, all applicants must pass OFAC and criminal background checks.

Borrower and/or Co-Borrower, and any dependents under the age of 18 will be considered in the Family Size. Only Borrower and Co-Borrower’s income will be considered.

2020 Income Guidelines

(For Johnson, Parker, & Tarrant County)

Family Size80% AMI30% AMI
1$45,650$17,150
2$52,200$19,600
3$58,700$22,050
4$65,200$26,200
5$70,450$30,680
6$75,650$35,160
7$80,850$39,640
8$86,100$44,120

Willingness to Partner

  • Invest 200 “Sweat Equity” hours
  • Work alongside volunteers and sponsors

Willingness to Partner

Habitat is unique in how we build houses. We are able to cut our expenses by working with sponsors to provide money to enable us to build each house and then work with volunteers to provide the labor. Of course, our volunteers work under the supervision of our construction staff. In addition, we do not require families to make a down payment on their new home. Most mortgage companies will require a 3%-5% down payment.

The only thing a Habitat homeowner MUST pay prior to taking ownership of their home is the first year’s insurance premium and taxes. With the recent increase in taxes and insurance in the state of Texas, that pre-pay amount is averaging $2,600.

Because we go to great lengths to make homeownership affordable, one of the things we ask of our family partners (homebuyers) is that they commit to work 200 hours of sweat equity. The sweat equity allows homebuyers to work alongside sponsors, volunteers, staff and other homebuyers in the building of other homes, getting involved in the new community, as well as education classes to prepare for homeownership.

If you are interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner, we ask you to consider the following questions:

Are you willing to provide the required documentation and information in a timely manner.

Are you willing to demonstrate willingness to complete 200 hours of sweat equity.

Where We Build

Como

West side of Fort Worth
Zip Code: 76107

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Hillside Morningside

South side of Fort Worth
Zip Code: 76104

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Carver Heights East

East side of Fort Worth
Zip Code: 76119

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See neighborhood boundaries. We also build in Mansfield and Weatherford.

Ready to Apply?

To begin the process, you must complete a Mortgage Counseling Questionnaire. This will help us determine if you could qualify for our program. If you qualify, you will then be invited to complete a formal application.

Have you read all of the qualification requirements and feel you meet them? If yes, select the easiest method for you to submit your questionnaire. If no, please READ HOMEOWNER REQUIREMENTS.

Questionnaire Processing Fee: $25

Have a question?

Read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Dalia.Garcia@TrinityHabitat.org or (817) 926-9219.

A Need for Shelter

To qualify to purchase a Habitat home, you must not currently own a home.

Other examples that show a need:

  • Pay more than 30% of your monthly income for housing expenses
  • Live in an overcrowded situation,
  • Live in a home with structural, electrical and plumbing problems, no heat, etc.

Ability to Pay

In evaluating your financial situation, consider the following statements.

  1. Applicants must demonstrate stable and consistent residence (with paying rent) for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Applicants will be asked to provide paperwork and references that will verify ability to a) make house payments of $450 – $550 per month, b) make utility payments, c) budget for home maintenance and repair (inside and outside).
  3. Applicants must have stable and consistent employment for a minimum of 12 months with a $40,000 maximum household income.

 

*Borrower and/or Co-Borrower, and any dependents under the age of 18, will be considered in the Family Size. Only Borrower and Co-Borrower’s income will be considered.

Willingness to Partner

Habitat is unique in how we build houses. We do not charge interest nor do we make a profit. We are able to cut our expenses by working with sponsors to provide money to enable us to build each house and then work with volunteers to provide the labor. Of course, our volunteers work under the supervision of our construction staff. In addition, we do not require families to make a down payment on their new home. Most mortgage companies will require a 3%-5% down payment.

The only thing a Habitat homeowner MUST pay prior to taking ownership of their home is the first year’s insurance premium and taxes. With the recent increase in taxes and insurance in the state of Texas, that pre-pay amount is averaging $2,600.

Because we go to great lengths to make homeownership affordable, one of the things we ask of our family partners (homebuyers) is that they commit to work 250 hours of sweat equity. The sweat equity allows homebuyers to work alongside sponsors, volunteers, staff and other homebuyers in the building of other homes, getting involved in the new community, as well as education classes to prepare for homeownership.

If you are interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner, we ask you to consider the following questions:

Are you willing to provide the required documentation and information in a timely manner.

Are you willing to demonstrate willingness to complete 250 hours of sweat equity.

Trinity Habitat is not accepting mortgage counseling questionnaires or applications at this time. To be notified of the reopening, click the button below or call 817-926-9219.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Mortgage Counseling Questionnaire?

This form allows Habitat to assess the prospective homeowner’s information to determine their likelihood of qualifying for the program. This is NOT an application.

How long after I complete and submit the Mortgage Counseling Questionnaire will I get a response?

Once we receive your Mortgage Counseling Questionnaire and $25 processing fee, you will be notified by mail within 30 business days and the letter will explain what your next step will be in the application process.

Do I get to choose land for my house anywhere I want it built?

After approval, homeowners will be allowed to select their lot from our available lot inventory at the time.

What size house would I qualify for?

Trinity Habitat for Humanity is not a custom home builder.  With an intent to keep construction costs down and prices affordable, we build a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home.

Important Notice

The federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age (providing the applicant has the capacity to enter into a binding contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised a right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act.
The federal agency that monitors compliance with the law concerning this creditor
is the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580.