ALERT!  HOMEBUYER APPLICANTS NEEDED! 
Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity is searching for applicants to partner with us in our homeownership program.  Bennington Area Habitat partners with people earning less than 60% of the area median income.  Applicants must be in need of better housing, have a history of good financial management and be willing to partner with Habitat.  We encourage those who are interested to contact our office immediately for information and to begin the application process.
 
Habitat builds homes with people who do not qualify for a conventional mortgage and cannot afford a typical home.  Since the Habitat home is built by volunteers and is sold at cost, the mortgage payment on the home is usually less than what a family is paying in rent. A Habitat home provides quality housing at an affordable price.
 
Call 802-367-1000 for more information. 

 

Homeowners frequently point past their immediate improved living conditions to the changes that Habitat so frequently means for their children and their families. Building a house with Habitat has changed what their today looks like...but the experience also has planted a seed of hope and strength within those families."
Shala Carlson and WonHiew Peng - Habitat World

The qualitative difference that often comes with homeownership is described in the quote to the right, and is a primary benefit that comes with owning a Habitat home. For a family with children, there are often noticeable improvements in performance at school. Habitat caps the total paid for the mortgage, property insurance and property taxes at 30% of the homeowner's income. Almost always, homeowners pay less for their mortgage, property insurance, and property taxes than they do for rent. With each payment, the homeowner builds equity, and a more stable financial foundation.

We are searching for partners to live in homes we will build in Bennington County. Please read the criteria below.  We encourage you to take the next step and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information, or call us at 802-367-1000.  All of our homeowners say they never thought they would qualify nor that they would be selected, but they were. 

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Criteria and Application Process

Four fundamental criteria used by Habitat for Humanity for selection:

  • Need for Shelter:  The applicant's current shelter is inadequate because it is either structurally unsound, overcrowded, has unsanitary or unhealthy conditions, or the resident is paying more than 50% of household income for housing.
  • Willingness to Partner:  The applicant agrees to and completes sweat equity hours and participates in the partnering program which may include financial counseling and household management education. Acceptance of the sweat equity requirement is one indicator of an applicant’s willingness to partner with Habitat. Rather than requiring an exact number of hours, Habitat expects the partner meet the spirit and intent of the requirement. BAHfH homeowner partners, designated friends, and extended family members have often completed more than 500 sweat equity hours.
  • Ability to Pay: The applicant's household income should be stable and adequate in order to take on a 25-40 year mortgage. The total monthly income of an applicant must fall within Habitat's guidelines for affordable housing. A low debt load and a good credit score are important. A homeowner’s monthly payment to Habitat includes mortgage premiums and escrow payments for home insurance and property taxes. The monthly payment is set so it does not exceed 30% of the partner's annual income. This payment does not include utilities. Depending on the size of the applicant's family and other factors, an acceptable income would range from $28,000 to $50,000. In order to know if your income fits Habitat's requirements, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Habitat office. A Habitat representative will be glad to help you. Click hereto download a worksheet that will help you determine if you are ready for homeownership.
  • Residency:  The applicant must have lived or worked for at least the last twelve months in Bennington County.

Applicants should include their current mailing address and phone number and specify the best time to call.

You are encouraged to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Habitat office to have a preliminary conversation with a Habitat representative. You will be sent an application and some supplementary information to help you assess your readiness to own a Habitat home. After reviewing this material, if you feel you meet the qualifications, you should complete the application and mail it to the Habitat office as soon as possible.

 


 


The Selection Process

Timeline of events:
  1. Application is received and reviewed
  2. Strong candidates will be asked to provide material to verify income information stated on their application (copies of income tax return, pay stubs, etc.)
  3. Two Habitat representatives will arrange an interview at the applicant's current residence.
  4. A credit check will be completed. References will be contacted. A criminal record and sex offender check will be completed, as required by Habitat International.
  5. After very careful consideration of all qualified candidates, the Selection Committee and the Board of Directors will make a final decision and contact the selected families.

Testimonials:

Homeowner partners, Randy, Michelle, Aiden, and Gracie Lewis were recently interviewed by GNAT for a Public Service Announcement to encourage people in need of affordable housing to contact Habitat at 802-367-1000 for more information.