- Will Fort Bend Habitat give me a house?
- What is the first step toward purchasing a new home?
- How are family partners selected?
- Will Fort Bend Habitat run a credit check?
- What is sweat equity?
- How long is the process?
- What kinds of homes does Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity build?
- What else is expected of family partners?
Will Fort Bend Habitat give me a house?
No, but if you meet the criteria and are accepted into the program, we will invite you to become a Habitat Family Partner and purchase one of our homes.
What is the first step toward purchasing a new home?
If you are interested in the Fort Bend Habitat program and have reviewed the requirements, the next step is to learn more about our program and receive homeowner assessment. To talk to someone about the process, please call (281) 403-0708 x.303.
How are family partners selected?
Applicants submit an assessment and then, if approved, an application. Applications are reviewed, and a home interview will be scheduled. The Family Selection committee members then recommend which families will be selected.
Will Fort Bend Habitat run a credit check?
YES. We will ask you as a homeowner applicant to submit financial documentation to us. We will verify income, check credit, and make an assessment as to whether Habitat is an appropriate program for you. You do not have to have perfect credit, but Habitat does need to ensure that payments are being made.
What is sweat equity?
Sweat equity is the time participants invest in lieu of a down payment. Following approval by the selection committee, the future homeowner must complete 200/275 hours (single/family homeownership) of sweat equity before being able to purchase the home. Your friends and family may also help work toward your hours, and you may do sweat equity on our construction sites, in the office, or at our retail store.
How long is the process?
Ideally construction of a home begins within a year from the time of approval, and completion of the home will vary depending on our overall construction schedule. The construction process is a complex one with many variables depending on funding sources and the building requirements, and this complexity makes it difficult to predict the length of time from purchase of a property to completion of home(s).
What kinds of homes does Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity build?
We build simple, decent three- to four-bedroom single family homes with between 1070 and 1270 square feet depending on the family size. The size and layout depend on our construction schedule, funding sources, and each family’s needs. We are able to build to ADA standards at request.
What else is expected of family partners?
In addition to sweat equity and homeowner classes, we ask families to share their stories. We occasionally get family partners to talk about the program or be featured in media, but we always respect your privacy and wishes. At Fort Bend Habitat we build community by asking you to meet neighbors, get involved in Homeowners’ Associations and becoming a true partner to our program.
*The selection of families who purchase Habitat homes is considered by the Family Selection Committee, using criteria that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, age, handicap, religion, marital status, or because all or part of the applicant’s income is derived from public assistance programs.