How Do Habitat Partner Families Qualify, Anyway?

Have you ever wondered how families end up in their Habitat homes, or been interested in becoming a Partner Family yourself?  SDHFH’s unique program partners with hardworking families to offer the opportunity to own a simple, decent and affordable home of their own with an affordable mortgage payment. Habitat Partner Families go through a selection process that seeks homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program through performing “sweat equity” in the building of their home, and their ability to repay an affordable mortgage.

Families who are interested in applying for a San Diego Habitat home first attend an orientation meeting where they get more information about the process and the financial qualification parameters.  This is the only place that potential Partner Families can obtain an official application.

Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee reviews all of the applications and selects families who qualify based on income and credit requirements. These families will have a home visit by members of the Family Selection Committee, which is a time to meet the family and assess the current living conditions and need.

Families who qualify after the home visit will meet with the entire Family Selection Committee, where they are scored on objective criteria, including financial capability, need, and willingness to partner with Habitat.  The Committee recommends final families to the Board of Directors of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, and a partnership/purchase agreement is executed after their approval.  Now, the family can begin their sweat equity hours, building their home, the homes of other Partner Families, or volunteering in our administrative offices or in the ReStore.

If you or someone you know are interested in starting the application process, please visit our upcoming events calendar to find out about upcoming orientation meetings.

For more information on qualification guidelines and the application process, please visit our homeownership page, or contact Shayna Hensley at

Author: San Diego Habitat for Humanity

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and serves San Diego County. It is an autonomous 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is governed locally, raises funds locally and builds locally. The Mission Seeking to put God’s love into action, San Diego Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

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