Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb strives to make homeownership affordable. We provide our family partners with the education and support to be successful homeowners.
We provide a hand up, not a hand-out, by actively partnering with the families accepted into our program.
We sell new or rehabilitated homes with a no profit loan. The homeowner pays for the home with a zero-equivalent or low-interest home loan; typically 30 years.
Live or work in DeKalb County for a minimum of one(1) year prior to filing the application.
Be a U.S. Citizen or have Legal Permanent U.S. Resident Status.
Must be a first time homebuyer.
- Your current housing is unaffordable, unsafe, or overcrowded.
- You are unable to obtain affordable housing through other conventional means
Ability To Pay
Have a steady source of income for two years prior to filing the application for a new home.
- You must have reasonably good credit history (based on your credit report, NOT your credit score).
Any bankruptcy filings must have been discharged a minimum of two years prior to filing an application.
Have a total household income which does not exceed 60% of the median income for Atlanta using HUD reporting.
Have a savings account and have a plan for saving up to $2500 for closing costs.
Willing to Partner
Must partner with Habitat by working a total of 250 “sweat equity” hours; helping to build your home and other Habitat partner homes
Must attend all sessions of approved homeowner educational classes and workshops.
- Must be willing to move in select neighborhoods in DeKalb County
The application process has several steps.
- Do you meet the requirements?
- Did you complete the pre-qual survey?
- Submit a completed application with all required documents
- Subject to home visit by Family Selection committee
- Complete Homeowner Education and Sweat Equity
We are NOT an emergency housing solution and the process may take up to a year or more.
Please complete the contact us form below and once we publish the dates for the next session, we will email everyone who is interested. Being on this email list does not guarantee you a seat at our next information session. Registration into these sessions is first come, first serve, until filled. Please make sure you check your email.
OUR APPLICATION CYCLE HAS CLOSED. YOU MAY SIGN UP VIA THE CONTACT US FORM TO BE NOTIFIED OF FUTURE APPLICATION CYCLES. QUESTIONS? PLEASE EMAIL US AT HOMEOWNERSHIP@DEKALBHABITAT.ORG
Atlanta Area Median Family Income
Homeownership Program Process
1. Attend Information Session
- Information about our program will be presented with opportunities to ask questions.
- You will leave the session with a list of documents you need to gather in order to submit a complete application
2. Review Application
- The pre-qualification and new home ownership applications must be completed truthfully, on time, and with all the requested information.
- A sexual offender and criminal background check will be conducted. Employment and rental history will be verified.
- A member of the Family Selection Committee will contact you to set up a time to visit and conduct an interview with you and your family at your current residence.
3. Approval Confirmation
- The qualified applicant will be presented to the Board of Directors who will make a final decision on a family’s acceptance into the program.
- Once accepted into the Homeownership program, the process from acceptance through moving into a home can take 8(eight) months to 2(two) years, depending on available funding, construction schedules, and the future homeowner's progress of completing requirements.
- Inevitably, there will be more qualified families than homes available so not all qualified families will be approved.
In Dekalb County 10% of individuals are below the poverty line. There are 145,825 single families homes owned in DeKalb County, and as many as one in two families who own their home live below the poverty line.
A family with one fulltime worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford (at 30 percent of income) the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country.
Homeownership provides a wide range of benefits to individual homeowners as well as society as a whole
Children of homeowner score better on academic tests, graduate at a higher rate, and have fewer behavior problems
- 7% Higher reading scores
- 116% more likely to graduate from college
- 59% more likely to own a home
Homeowners are more likely to become active in civic activities as well as participate in local elections
- 15% more likely to vote in local election
- 10% more likely to know their U.S. Congress member by name
- 6% more likely to solve local problems
The responsibilities of homeownership can seem challenging for first-time home buyers.
Participants in our program are offered homeowner classes to ensure their success in the future. Course topics range from family budgeting and mortgage basics to community involvement, crime prevention, and energy efficiency in the home.
Classes are offered at our offices in Tucker and in partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity at their training center in Atlanta.
No classes are currently scheduled. Please come back at a later time.
Do you have a group of five or more people that would benefit from learning about Habitat DeKalb’s home ownership program?
We can come to you! Invite us to your place of worship, school, business, or community event.
- Homeowner information session onsite
- Information table
- Lunch and learn presentation
- Staff meeting presentation
- Employee benefits fair
- Paycheck inserts
- Newsletter or website article
- Distribute fliers or postcards
Thinking about applying?
Contact us to sign up for an information session and get the latest update on upcoming projects.
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