Willingness to Partner
In order to be considered for a Habitat home, a partner family must be willing to complete a certain number of "sweat-equity" hours. "Sweat-equity" is when a partner family takes part in building their own home and other Habitat homes and may include activities such as clearing the lot, painting, helping with construction, working in the Habitat office, or other approved activities. A two-adult household is required to perform a minimum of 500 hours while a single-adult family is required to complete 300 hours. A portion of the sweat equity hours can be completed by family and friends. All of the hours must be completed before the partner family can purchase the home.
In addition to performing sweat equity, the partner family must also be willing to attend home buyer education classes.