2 Today’s Presenters Diane Bair, Chair Selection Committee HFHMC George Gallaher Selection Committee HFHMC Special thanks to our board members and volunteers for their assistance today.
3 Habitat for Humanity An Equal Housing Partner at work in Merced County
4 A faith-based housing ministry bringing people together from all walks of life; to work in partnership with families in need; to help eliminate poverty housing in our community and worldwide. Vision Statement
5 History Became Habitat affiliate in 1993 11 families live in HFHMC homes 1 home is currently in the predevelopment stage 1 family housed in 2005 Potential to build 2 homes in 2008
6 Statement of Purpose Improve affordable housing conditions Work in partnership with other community agencies to address affordable housing needs Provide long term, no interest loans to those who qualify Empower community members through educational programs
7 Who Qualifies for a Habitat for Humanity Home? Income is 30% to 50% of Area Median Income Demonstrates a serious need Has the ability to repay costs Willingness to partner through 500 hours of sweat equity Resident of Merced County 1 yr min
9 Need Present housing is not adequate Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions High cost burdens Overcrowding
10 Ability to Pay Proof of steady income Complete and full disclosure of financial status Debt to income ratio Credit history is considered Inaccurate or partial information is grounds for disqualification
11 Willingness to Partner Sweat Equity – 500 hours minimum Ability to take on homeownership responsibilities Providing timely and complete information Public nature of the program
12 Where Does Habitat Build? We believe that location matters. We choose to build in neighborhoods that have available and affordable lots, as well as active community groups organized around issues of empowerment.
13 Habitat Home Sites Le Grand (two on E. Marshall St.) Merced 27 th St. (Rehab.) Fig Ave. Mc Swain Road Jonathan Court W. Sixth Street.
14 Location Discretion Policy Habitat serves the eastern part of Merced County It is our goal to build homes in all the communities in eastern portion of our county
15 Home Design Basic, “No-Frills” Housing Average Living Space: 900 square feet for a two-bedroom house 1,050 square feet for a three-bedroom house 1,150 square feet for a four-bedroom house Limited Design Options
16 Buyer’s Design Options Donated Materials = Affordable Housing Buyer preferences are limited to accommodations for disabilities The next house built will have three bedrooms. Usually, families are asked to assist in the selection of flooring and paint colors
20 How Does Habitat Set the Price? All building costs are tracked No profit is taken No interest is charged An affordable mortgage is calculated which is comprised of the principal + taxes and insurance $1,000 down payment is required Down payment can be accumulated in small increments as house is built
21 Resale Restrictions Habitat has the first right of refusal Shared appreciation occurs over loan payoff period Long term commitment Borrowing against equity in the home is not allowed
22 Partnership Responsibilities Sweat equity Timely payments Continuing partnership Owner occupied housing – house cannot be used as a rental
23 Sweat Equity 101 60/40 rule: partnering family has to do 60% of the work and their friends & family can do up to 40% No children under 16 allowed on the job site on construction crews can help clean-up etc. Child care provider hours are counted toward sweat equity Attending useful educational classes earns 2 for 1 sweat equity hours Sweat Equity hours must be on a building site, unless other accommodations are required
24 Application Process Application Give second address, must be able to contact you if eligible. Attachments for income verification Photocopies only; originals will not be accepted; we will not make copies Application Deadline December 1, 2007, 5:00 p.m. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Home Visit limited to those who pass through initial assessment Written Response This is a long & tedious process – be patient
25 Application Attachments 1.- Two most recent wage stubs for all adult wage earners 2.- Verification of other income sources (SSI, TANF,AFDC,etc.) 3.- Copy of 2005 & 2006 filed Federal tax return with all attachments 4.- Copy of 2005 & 2006 W-2’s/1099’s for all adult applicants and household members 5.- Copies of last month’s utilities (electricity,gas, telephone, etc.) 6.- Copy of rental agreement or rent check 7.- Copy of bank statement
26 Common Misconceptions Habitat is a “give-away” program 500 sweat equity hours is easy to do and you’re only responsible for working on your own home Habitat never repossesses a home Once you’re in a Habitat home, your obligations are limited to mortgage payments There are loopholes in the application process or that any one individual has preference Someone can get rich quickly when they purchase a home from Habitat
27 Principle Sources of Support Individuals 23% Churches 2% Groups 18% Trusts 6% Grants 1% Fund raisers 1% In-Kind/Contributions 15% Donated Auto Sales 13% Mortgage Payments 19%
28 Other Services Housing Counseling Home repairs and modifications Partnering with other community resources
29 Volunteers making progress at a HFHS Job Site
31 Thank you Gateway Community CHURCH FOR THE USE OF YOUR FACILITY.
32 Other Community Resources Please visit our fellow community agencies in the front hallway. They represent a wide array of affordable housing programs & other related services. By Design Financial Solutions (800) 750-2227 www.bydesignsolutons.org www.bydesignsolutons.org United Way of Merced County 383-4242 www.unitedwaymerced.org