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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 275 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 for Humanity of Orange County is currently accepting applications for our senior (age 55+) housing development in Hillsborough, NC. Applications can be found on our senior housing website. Applications will be accepted until all availabe units have been filled. 

Not over the age of 55? Click the link below to be added to our Single-Family Home Interest List where you will notified of the next time we are accepting applications. 



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



Alexandra has traveled the county and world, but her favorite place to stay and call home is right here in Orange County. “I love to take group-guided trips with other people my age. I’ve been able to see so many places internationally and domestically,” Alexandra shares. Once on a trip to visit her parents, she passed through Hillsborough and loved it so much, she knew she wanted to live in the area someday. A year and a half ago, she was able to make the move and currently rents in Carrboro.

When looking to get involved in the Hillsborough community, she found information on Habitat’s new senior housing program. Always being interested in homeownership and the work Habitat does, she applied, was accepted, and got to work on sweat equity quickly after. “Owning a home gives me control over my financial situation. Owning a Habitat home gives me peace of mind that I won’t be priced out of the area,” said Alexandra. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to stay active by building mine and my neighbors homes as well as stay independent when I move in my own home.”

Alexandra looks forward to gardening, cooking, and entertaining in her new home. “I’m excited to plan for a future in my new affordable home!”

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 currently building the last homes in Tinnin Woods which will wrap up late 2018. 



326 McMasters Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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


Fairview + Hillsborough

535 Locust Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

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