Habitat to hold house application fair

Published 7:46 pm Monday, August 13, 2012

Habitat for Humanity of Chilton and Autauga Counties will hold a house application fair Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at Clanton First United Methodist Church.

Applicants should report to Crossroads Café, on the lower level of the sanctuary building, no later than 9:10 a.m.

All applicants must have valid photo I.D.; documentation to prove legal status in the United States (birth certificate, Social Security card or passport); proof of all income and monthly bills, contact information for three references (cannot be related to the applicant), and most current two months proof of income (child support or employer).

If applicants are employed, they must provide the name, address and phone number of their employer.

If applicants are renting, they must provide the name, address and phone number of their current landlord.

“Not proving all that’s needed will delay the processing of their application,” said Lisa Green, program coordinator for Habitat of Chilton and Autauga Counties. “They will have a short length of time to get that information. If they don’t get the information in on the specified date, they are disqualified.”

Green said Habitat will give applicants the deadline for submitting forms at the application fair Sept. 8.

Habitat chooses families based on need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

To qualify for Habitat housing, applicants must:

•Have lived or worked in Chilton County for at least the past nine months.

•Demonstrate a need for new housing based on income and current housing conditions.

•Be able to pay for new housing with a steady monthly income.

•Be willing to be a Habitat partner family and complete “sweat equity,” or helping to build another family’s house and their own.

•Have no drug or sexual offense convictions.

“If you make a monthly payment, we need to know about it,” Green added. “That affects (your) ability to pay.”

Habitat follows the Housing and Urban Development income guidelines, and people who earn 30-60 percent of the average median income for Chilton County may qualify for housing.

For a list of Chilton County HUD income limits, visit Habitatautaugachilton.org.

According to its website, Habitat is a non-profit, faith-based housing ministry that seeks to provide simple, decent houses for low-income families.

Using donations of money, materials, land, volunteer labor and the “sweat equity” of partner families, Habitat builds and sells homes to low-income families at no interest and for no profit.

For more information, contact the Habitat office at (205) 755-8655 Monday through Friday or visit www.autaugahabitat.org.