Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with families in need.
A Hand Up not a Hand Out
This is not a give-away program. The Habitat Family Selection Committee selects home buyers who are eligible to qualify, have a need for better housing and the desire to own a home. Once you qualify for a Habitat home mortgage, each homeowner family is required to invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called “sweat equity,” into the building of their house and the houses of others.
You must complete the home buyer program from application to purchase; this may take 12-24 months. Note During the Coronavirus pandemic our build schedule may be affected.
You will need to:
- be willing to partner with Habitat – Home buyer families must complete 250 hours of sweat equity per adult to build your Habitat home, alongside our volunteers (both skilled and unskilled); individuals, or with groups from schools, churches, unions or businesses in our community. Construction becomes a cooperative effort involving these volunteer workers and you, the future homeowner.
- attend home ownership and home up-keep classes. You will have input into the building of your home, as well as learning while you build.
- attend a financial literacy course, online or in person to learn more about homebuyer preparedness and financial management. You may view an introduction to the free online course here
- participate in Habitat events and functions.
Read more about Habitat Home Ownership here
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic or religious background, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, height, weight or disability.