Buy a Home

What it takes to buy a Habitat home

To qualify for a Habitat home, applicants need to have lived or worked in Orange County for the past year and demonstrate stable income for the past two years. In addition, they need to earn 30 to 60% of the area median income and demonstrate good credit. Applicants must have overcrowded, cost-burdened, subsidized, or substandard housing to qualify for a Habitat home. To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent legal immigration status. Prospective homeowners must put it in 325 hours of “sweat equity” labor building their homes and the homes of their neighbors. When their home is complete, they pay closing costs and repay an affordable mortgage, usually over 30 years.

The view of a Habitat neighborhood

Orange County Habitat House


How to Apply for a Habitat Home

Habitat accepts applications for homeownership seasonally depending on our fall and spring construction schedule. Families interested in homeownership are encouraged to attend a Habitat Homeownership Orientation. Applications will be available at these orientation sessions, as well as at our office and other community locations. Please sign up below to join our homeownership interest list, and we will let you know about upcoming opportunities.

Home Repairs

Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program helps low-income homeowners repair the exterior of their homes. Families that qualify pay a small portion of their repair costs using a sliding scale payment plan.

Past repairs have included landscaping and yard clean-up, exterior painting, siding repairs or cleaning, repairing porches or decks, repairing or replacing exterior doors, and repairing or installing ramps and handrails.

Two volunteers paint a deck.

Meet A Family

Kyaw Kwai & Ta Paw

Kyaw Kwai & Ta Paw

A better future for their family

Kyaw Kwai and Ta Paw have been married for three years. They came from different refugee camps in Thailand and met in Chapel Hill. Ta Paw recently started working as a Nursing Assistant at a senior center in Carrboro. Kyaw Kwai has worked at Aramark for two years. They have a one-year-old son, Ker Du Ku.

They are currently living in an apartment, and are excited about owning their own home. They know it will be affordable, and they believe owning their own home will create a better future for their family.

Thank you to UNC Habitat for sponsoring this home! This work would not be possible without you. 

Green Building

Since 2008, Habitat has built green-certified homes. Habitat incorporates green building into site design and development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, and homeowner education.

Each new home built by Habitat is evaluated by a third-party inspector, Southern Energy Management, to ensure it meets Advanced Energy's SystemVision program standards and Home Innovation Research Labs criteria so that each home can earn a Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification.

Habitat Volunteer


Tinnin Woods

323 School House Road, Efland, NC 27243

Habitat is building a community with 28 homes in Tinnin Woods.



216 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Habitat is currently repairing homes in Northside and will begin building new homes in the fall of 2016.


Fairview + Hillsborough

535 Locust Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Habitat has built 50 homes and completed multiple repairs in Hillsborough.