Own Your Own Home

Would You (or someone you know) Like to Own Your Home?

Palouse Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent, affordable housing for families in need on the Palouse.  We build houses where we can find affordable or donated land in Latah County, ID and Whitman County, WA.

Our Site Selection Committee finds and determines the location of the home.  Our Family Selection Committee runs the application screening process and makes the final selection.

Home ownership is a real commitment and process can take over a year from start to finish.

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How to apply

Contact us or call the office at 208-883-8502 to be put on the tickler list for those interested in applying for the next home.  Please provide your full name, phone, email (if you have it), mailing address, and how you heard about becoming a Habitat homeowner search.  You will be contacted when the process begins to see if you are still interested.  The first step in the application process is to attend an informational meeting to receive detailed information about our unique program, answer questions, and receive an application.  Keep checking this page for more information on the application process.

What is required to apply?

Palouse Habitat for Humanity home owner applicants must attend one of four informational meetings, complete the application and submit the application and all the required documentation before the deadline.  In addition to the informational meeting, Palouse HFH offers help sessions to answer questions and assist with completion of the application.

What do we typically look for in an applicant?

There are three main criteria to apply for a Habitat Home: ability to pay, need for housing, and willingness to partner with Habitat.  To qualify you must have lived or worked in Whitman or Latah County for at least the last year; be living in inadequate housing (problems with structure, electrical, or heating for example); and be willing to fulfill partnership obligations, including 300-400 hours of sweat equity helping to build your home.   Your income must fall within 30-60% of Area Median Income for Latah & Whitman Counties.  The specific amounts change each year, and vary depending on family size. Contact the Habitat office or attend one of our informational meetings to find out the specific income range.  As part of the application process, a selection committee member will review your credit history, conduct interviews and do a site visit of your current home. Sweat Equity – All Habitat homeowners  are required to spend  300-400 hours helping build their home.  The majority of those hours must be put in on the build site, but Habitat homeowners are also encouraged to  volunteer at the store, , or elsewhere within Habitat or the community.  The volunteering can be done by those living in the home, as long as they are over age 16; a certain percentage can be donated by friends/family/co-workers.  In cases of disability, Habitat will work with the homeowner to design volunteer opportunities tailored to their abilities.

Is there a fee to apply?

No!  There is no application fee. 

How much does the house cost?

The average monthly house payment for our homeowners is typically $550/month.  There is a $1000 down payment.  There are closing costs and insurance fees as well to be paid.

What is the next step?

If you are interested keep watching this page for more information.  Information on qualifications and the schedule for applicant meetings will be posted here.  You can call the office at 208-883-8502 or Contact Us and ask to be on the tickler list to be contacted when the next search begins.  Please provide your full name, phone, email (if you have it), mailing address, and how you heard about becoming a Habitat homeowner search.

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