Repairs

Orange Habitat has been building new homes since 1984, but noticed a need to serve existing homeowners and began repairs in 2010. Originally only completing basic beautification repairs like painting and landscaping, the repair program now completes more critical repairs for Orange County residents as well as repairs for Habitat homeowners.

Home Preservation Program

The Home Preservation Program supports affordable homeownership to Orange County residents to help preserve existing households and assist homeowners to live in healthy, safe and accessible homes.

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Resale

Orange Habitat has the right of first refusal for homes built by Habitat. Should a homeowner sell their home back for a variety of reasons, Habitat will repair the home and sell it to a new homebuyer in the Habitat program.

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Repair Loan

Repair Loans offers Habitat homeowners a 0% interest loan on critical home repairs.

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Home Preservation Program

The Home Preservation Program supports affordable homeownership to Orange County residents to help preserve existing households and assist homeowners to live in healthy, safe and accessible homes.

The program seeks to preserve affordable homeownership and assist homeowners to live in healthy, safe and accessible homes. Types of repairs include but are not limited to:

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is a member of the Orange County Home Preservation Coalition (OCHPC). The coalition is a collaborative of organizations that are part of the process of home repairs. Qualifications include:

The coalition provides a single application for all of Orange County’s home repair organizations. Interested applicants should apply to the Orange County Home Preservation Coalition (OCHPC).

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Meet a Home Preservation Recipient Robert

Robert has lived in Chapel Hill all his life and doesn’t see himself living anywhere else. Before retiring, he worked at UNC Health as an Operating Room Technician. Robert is also a proud veteran of the US Army serving on the missile crew from 1971-1973. Hestill has a community of fellow veterans he keeps in touch with as well as being connected to his church. Robert now spends most of his free time with his two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Taking care of his great grandchildren motivated him to take action to repair his home. His roof was in desperate need of repairing since it was not insulating the home well. He also did not have any heat in the home, making the winter months very cold in his home. He relied on space heaters to warm his living room and one bedroom, even though he feared for the safety of himself and the young children that spent time in the home.

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Resale

Habitat homeowners often move when their families grow or as they age. Homeowners have complete ownership of their Habitat homes, encompassing both the physical structure and the land beneath it. Selling their Habitat home can yield a significant amount of money, aiding in the transition to a new residence. Homeowners have complete ownership of their Habitat homes, encompassing both the physical structure and the land beneath it.

Habitat homes play a vital role in Orange County’s affordable housing landscape. There are few restrictions placed on these properties that allows the property to stay affordable. The first is affordability restrictions. This is placed on the deed and states whoever owns the home must be eligible for affordable housing. A Habitat homeowner is welcome to sell to someone who is eligible for affordable housing or they have the option to sell it back to Habitat who will then sell the home to an individual in the Homeownership Program. Habitat has the Right of First Refusal for our properties which gives us the ability to the first buyer. This ensures Habitat will be a part of the resale process, guaranteeing the home stays affordable over time.

Additionally, Habitat and the homeowner have a Shared Appreciation Agreement. When the home’s value increases, Habitat receives a portion of the appreciation when sold. However, the homeowner retains all the equity they’ve built through their loan payments.

Though these regulations may seem intricate, Habitat typically offers to buy the home first, paying the full market price. Habitat then updates the home to meet current standards and sell it to a household within income guidelines, as defined by HUD.

If you are a Habitat homeowner and are interested in selling your home, contact us to learn more!

Meet a Homeowner Renne

While Habitat builds homes for people to live and grow in, life plans change and families sometimes need to move and sell their homes. Renne first bought her Habitat home in 2007 and have gone through the process of moving and selling her home with her now husband Charles.

 “We got to buy an affordable home. Once we partnered with Habitat, we got to help build other people’s homes and they got to build ours. We really built a bond with those people.”

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Repair Loan

Appliances in your home do not last forever. While it is important to have savings to replace appliances and carpeting, there are times when the unexpected happens, and a homeowner needs access to a loan to get things fixed. The Repair Loan program is designed for Habitat homeowners who have an emergency repair on their home. The roof has a leak, or the water heater breaks; these are expensive repairs to complete! Habitat offers our homeowners a 0% interest loan for emergency repairs. In addition, Habitat is available to complete the repairs or use one of our outside contractors to complete work.

This loan can be used on a variety of repairs, from roof repairs, AC unit replacement, water heater replacement, update to front or back porches, and accessibility ramps.

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For more information on these programs, contact the Homeowner Services team.