How does Habitat's Housing Program work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, affordable houses alongside our homeowner partner families. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their house and the houses of others. Houses are sold - not given away -  to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Homeowner's monthly mortgage payments are used to build even more houses.

How are partner families selected?

Applicants quality based on three criteria: (1) need for quality, affordable housing; (2) willingness to partner with Habitat Birmingham (minimum 300 "sweat equity" hours and 10 hours of homeownership education workshops); and, (3) ability to repay a no interest mortgage.

How do I apply to become a homeowner?

Please review our Homeownership Manual. If you think you may be interested in Habitat's Homeownership Program complete this form and submit it to Habitat Birmingham by fax (205-780-1800) email, in person at 4408 Lloyd Noland Parkway, Fairfield, AL 35064 or by mail at P.O. Box 540, Fairfield, AL 35064.

Do I have to be skilled in construction to volunteer?

No. Construction experience is not necessary; only a desire to serve and learn. You must be 14 years old to be on an active construction site. Age appropriate activities will be determined for volunteers under 18.

Give

Give

Give the Gift of Home. Houses are not given away. Your tax-deductible donation builds homes in partnership with families in need.

Volunteer

Volunteer

Swing a hammer on a construction site, volunteer at the ReStore or Habitat Office, join a committee - there are many ways to get involved.

Apply

Apply

Learn more about our Home ownership Program and Home Repair Program.

Advocate

Advocate

Join the advocacy team and receive emails with periodic news and action alerts to important issues.