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Homeownership Program

Homeownership Program at Habitat Philadelphia

Homeownership Program

Interested in applying to Habitat Philadelphia's Homeownership Program?  Please read this entire page for important information that you need to know before applying!

Information Sessions are held each month for interested applicants to learn more about the homeownership program. Attending an information session about the homeownership program is REQUIRED in order to receive an application and apply for the program.  You do not need to bring anything to the information session.  Scroll down for upcoming information session dates!  

Families are selected for the homeownership program based on the following criteria:

1. A need for housing:  Examples include living in an overcrowded home, paying a high percentage of monthly income towards rent, or living in unsafe conditions.

2. Ability to Repay the Mortgage:  applicants must meet current income guidelines to ensure they are able to pay a monthly mortgage (see 2015 guidelines below).  Applicants must also demonstrate a history of good credit – bad debt (items in collections or not being paid on) must not exceed $2,500.






















3. Willingness to Partner:  Accepted applicants must fulfill 350 “sweat equity” hours of volunteer work on our construction sites, working at our ReStore, and participating in required homeowner workshops.

Applicants who meet the above criteria may be selected for a home visit and be interviewed by two or three members of Habitat's Family Selection Committee.  The purpose of the home visit is to learn more about a family's current living situation in order to assess their need for housing and to answer any additional questions the family might have about Habitat.  After conducting home visits, the Family Services Committee will select families who meet all of the qualifications and who have the greatest need for housing.


We are currently in the process of reviewing applications and do not have upcoming information sessions scheduled at this time. Please check back for updates. 


Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia partner family selections are made in compliance with the Federal Credit Equal Opportunity Act on an impartial an non-discriminatory basis.  Race, color, national origin, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, age, religion and disability play no part in the choice. 


To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia homeownership program, contact our Family Services Coordinator at  Please include your full name and mailing address in the email if you would like us to send a packet of information about how the program works.