AFFORDABLE HOME OWNERSHIP BUILDS BETTER COMMUNITIES
The Habitat for Humanity model harnesses the power of volunteers, the generosity of donors and the commitment of homeowners to make affordable home ownership a reality in Northern Virginia.
All interested applicants must meet the following initial criteria:
- Have lived in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, or Fairfax City) for at least one year prior to application.
- Currently be living in either substandard or inadequate housing. This may include overcrowded or unsafe living conditions.
- Be willing to partner with Habitat to complete 300 – 500 hours of “sweat-equity” in the building of their home and other Habitat homes.
- Earn 30% – 80% of the area median income.
- Have adequate income to pay a 20-30 year no-interest mortgage with a 1% down payment.
Example of Income Limits to Qualify
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia considers families who earn between 30% and 80% of the area median income. The income requirements vary, based on family size.
The following are acceptable household income levels, based on family size, to apply for our home ownership programs:
Family of 2 $25,800 — $53,400
Family of 4 $32,200 — $66,750
Family of 6 $37,400 — $77,450
Family of 8 $42,550 — $88,150
1. Complete our prospective homeowner survey.
2. Individuals who meet our minimum requirements will then be invited to attend an orientation meeting held by the Family Selection Committee. Please carefully review our qualifications below.
3. During an orientation meeting, applications are completed and submitted. Habitat for Humanity adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy and all Fair Housing Laws. We build for families of all faiths.
4. All applications submitted at the orientation are reviewed by the Family Selection Committee to ensure criteria are met.
5. Applicants are notified if they are selected to purchase a home.
The next prospective homeowner orientation will take place from 10:00am to 1:00pm on November 23 in the Fellowship Hall at the Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22302.
Following An Orientation
- A home visit is arranged with the most qualified applicants.
- Credit, employment, and references are checked.
- Families who are accepted or rejected are notified of their status by mail.
- Families are accepted provisionally into the program until they have completed 50 hours of “sweat equity.”
- Families who are selected to participate in the program must work the required sweat equity and attend the required classes in order to purchase the home when it is completed.
- In addition to those accepted for homes, a few back-up families are notified that they may have an opportunity for housing if a selected family drops out of the program for any reason.