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 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.
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.
“This new home will provide our family with a stable home,” said Regina. “I can’t wait for my children to have their own rooms and to live in a neighborhood with other children.”
Regina Miller and her two children currently live in Hillsborough, NC where they share a bedroom. They are living with eight other relatives in a three bedroom home. “We relocated here from the coast about three years ago to be closer to family, and living with our family was our best option,” said Regina. “It has been a great fit for our family, but now we are ready to have our own space and own a home we can grow in for years to come.”
Regina works at the Orange County clerk’s office as a Deputy Clerk. She loves her job and everyone she works with. When Regina isn’t working, her and her children like to get outside and explore local parks and see things. They like to be adventurous. “I am really proud of my mom,” said Aiden. “She is going to be able to afford a great home for us and that is great.”
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 is currently building the last homes in Tinnin Woods which will wrap up late 2018.
Habitat is currently building and repairing homes in downtown Chapel Hill's Northside neighborhood.
Habitat has built 50 homes and completed multiple repairs in Hillsborough.