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 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

The Habitat application period is currently closed. 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 located at: 88 Vilcom Center Drive, Chapel Hill 27514. Please sign up below to join our homeownership interest list, and we will let you know about upcoming opportunities.

Home Preservation Program

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation program helps low-income homeowners with critical repairs as well as 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 exterior painting, siding repairs or cleaning, repairing porches or decks, repairing or replacing exterior doors, roof repairs, and repairing or installing ramps and handrails.

Two volunteers paint a deck.

Meet A Family

Thein Oo and Lweh Eh Paw

Thein Oo and Lweh Eh Paw

Thein Oo and his wife Lweh Eh Paw are from Burma, and they met in a refugee camp in Thailand. After moving to the United States, Thein Oo began working at UNC as a housekeeper and was recently promoted to team leader.

The couple has a one-year-old, Chit Su Oo, and a five-year-old, Chit Ku Oo. The four of them live in a townhouse in Carrboro, but in the five years since they’ve moved to the United States, rent has risen drastically. The same unit costs $300 dollars more now than it did in 2011. They’ve always dreamed of owning a single-family home, but before Habitat, they didn’t have any affordable options.

Thein Oo and Lweh Eh Paw are excited to move into downtown Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood where he can easily get to work and the children will grow up around other children in a thriving community. They have friends who live in the neighborhood, and hope their children will one day attend the University of North Carolina!

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 will resume building in Tinnin Woods in the Fall of 2017.


Fairview + Hillsborough

535 Locust Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

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



326 McMasters Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Habitat is currently building and repairing homes in downtown Chapel Hill's Northside neighborhood.