Habitat Homeowner Program Information

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Habitat for Humanity of Benton County is looking for families to apply and qualify through our homeowner program.  If you or someone you know is interested in receiving an application or more information about this program, please contact our offices at 479-273-3638.

Habitat for Humanity builds more than houses; it builds lives and community as well. This page will answer some of your questions about the process of how a family becomes involved with Habitat in the hope of moving into a new home.

 How are potential families identified?

The family selection process is impartial. Neither age, sex, race or religion play a part in the choice. We are looking for people in need of safe, decent housing who are willing to partner with us. Once chosen, these families will complete 400 hours of  ”Sweat Equity” on either their home or another project we have going on. Also important, Habitat continues to build homes for families who will be responsible about house payments and home maintenance and who will help spread the good news of Habitat to the rest of the community. 

 How are families selected?

Habitat homeowners are selected by our Family Selection Committee through an application process. After applications are submitted, the Family Selection Committee processes the applications by reviewing, calculating and verifying all information given. The Committee will also schedule an in-home visit in order to learn more about their present housing situation. The Selection Committee then determines if the applicant is to be presented to the Board of Directors for approved for the program based on the required criteria.  

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 What is Sweat Equity

“Sweat equity” is Habitat’s name for the labor that Habitat homeowners expend in building their houses and the houses of their neighbors, as well as the time they spend investing in their own self-improvement. Homeowners do sweat equity after they are selected to be Habitat partners, but before they complete and move into their new houses. For years, sweat equity has been a keystone of the Habitat program; important to partner families, attractive to donors and adopted by many other housing organizations. We ask all future homeowners to help spread the good news of Habitat for Humanity. This will be part of the 400 hours of “sweat equity” to be earned.

If you are interested in applying for a Habitat home, please stop by or call our offices at 479-273-3638.

You can find our address and phone number on our “Contact Us” page.

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