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Homeownership Qualifications

We are still accepting applications for 2017-2018 homeownership. If you feel you meet the qualifications stated below, please contact Diana at (309) 676-6729 x 3 for an application. 

Need for Housing

Families are considered for selection for a Habitat home based on a clear need. You will be considered for a Habitat home if your present housing is not adequate and if you are unable to obtain adequate housing through other conventional means. Lack of adequate housing may include problems with: the present structure; water, electrical or sewage service systems; the heating system; hazardous substances; or failure to meet city property maintenance standards. You may also meet the need for housing qualification if you are living in an overcrowded or unaffordable situation. If you are living in subsidized or transitional housing, such as Section 8, you may qualify.

Ability to Pay

As you will be buying your house from Habitat, you must demonstrate an ability to pay the monthly mortgage payment on your home. This monthly payment includes the principle, real estate taxes, and insurance payments. We will help you determine if this payment will jeopardize your ability to meet all your other family financial obligations and expenses.

Your income should fall within 50% to 80% of the Greater Peoria Area’s median income for your family size (see chart below). You must have at least one year of stable income coming into your household. We can include non-work related income such as food stamps, child support, Social Security, etc. as stable income if you can guarantee you will receive that income for the next three years.

HUD Year 2017 Maximum Income Guidelines
Family Size Monthly Income Annual Income
One $2,117-$3,383  $25,400-40,600
Two $2,417-$3,862 $29,000-$46,400
Three $2,721-$4,350 $32,650-$52,200
Four $3,021-$4,833 $36,250-$58,000
Five $3,262-$5,221 $39,150-$62,650
Six $3,504-$5,608 $42,050-$67,300
Seven $3,749-5,996 $44,950-$71,950
Eight  $3,988-$6,383 $47,850-$76,600


All applicants will undergo a credit check. Because we are interested in your access to home-ownership, we are not as strict in your credit review as a bank might be. If there has been a bankruptcy in your past, it must be at least two years since you have filed and you must demonstrate improved credit since then. If you have a court judgment resulting in a fine or settlement that is still unpaid, the judgment must be paid off in full. You must have less than $1,800 in past due debt to move forward in the application process.

Willingness to Partner- Sweat Equity

Once you have been selected to receive a home, your family becomes a “Partner Family.” This partnership is a unique characteristic of our program. You will contribute to your ongoing eligibility through “Sweat Equity.” This means that everyone in the household over the age of 18 must complete 250 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area. Your Sweat Equity hour requirement can be completed by working in the ReStores, by volunteering at house builds, and by attending homeowner classes. Sweat Equity is a fun way to stay involved with the Habitat community and enjoy the process of completing your future home.

To learn more about what sweat equity is, visit Habitat International’s website: http://www.habitat.org/stories/what-is-sweat-equity

If you meet the qualifications and would like more information about Habitat’s home-ownership program, please call our Family Services Director at (309) 676-6729 x 3.

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