Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Community has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes DSC_0161volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Partner families are chosen by three criteria: Need, Ability to Pay, Willingness to partner. They are also required to work a minimum of 250 “sweat equity” hours towards the building of their home.
There are several myths that occur when looking at who exactly Habitat for Humanity helps.
Myth: “Habitat gives houses away to the poor.”
The reality is that Habitat offers opportunities of homeownership to families who are unable to obtain financing for their own home. Habitat provides a hand up, not a hand out to families in need. Responsible families who are ready to accept the responsibilities of homeownership are selected.
The following show minimum the requirements for Habitat homeowners.
- Legal residency
- Have a good credit report
- Need for decent, affordable housing
- Ability to pay a long-term mortgage
- Willingness to partner
All partner families have to meet the same requirements. Whether the family is a single member, a single mother, or single father, Habitat is willing to help given the family is willing to partner. Habitat helps many types of families find adequate housing, not just one. However, these families have accepted and met the requirements of responsibilities associated with owning a Habitat home.
For more information on becoming a Habitat for Humanity partner family visit the Home Ownership page and feel free to read the Partner Family Manual For any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Community.