Qualify and Apply

The Habitat for Humanity Home ownership Program provides a unique opportunity for hardworking families to “build and buy” their own homes. Houses are sold to new homeowners at no profit (0% APR). Home payments vary. Mortgage loan principal payments help pay for the construction of future homes in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Our affiliate builds homes in Salem, Keizer, Stayton, Lyons, Aumsville, Mill City, Mehama, Sublimity, Turner, Dallas, Independence, and Monmouth. If you are interested in purchasing a Habitat home elsewhere, you will need to contact the Habitat affiliate in your area.

We are accepting applications for the 2020 Homeownership program starting October 1st through November 30th. Applications can be printed here or picked up at our office on 1220 12th Street. Applications are due by November 30th at 4 pm in person at our office OR post-marked by November 30th if sent via mail. Please note, we will not accept any applications via email.

For any questions, please contact Kattrina Osborn at 503-364-6642 or Kattrina@salemhabitat.org

How to Apply

Call us at (503) 364-6642 or click on the application form. Spanish version is below the English version. We will add you to our prospective homeowners list and contact you when we will be reviewing applications.

Application Information meetings are held prior to each round of selection for the Home-ownership Program. At the Application Information Meeting we will distribute Home-ownership Program applications and discuss:

  • Habitat 101- Who We Are & What We Do
  • The Home-ownership Program (benefits, qualifications, requirements, where we build, Habitat for Humanity mortgages and home payments)
  • How to Complete an Application Form
  • How Applicants Are Selected
  • What to Expect if You Are Selected

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent legal resident
  • Must live in our affiliate service area for at least 12 months (click here to verify your zip code is in our service area)
  • Cannot have owned a home during the past 3 years
  • Cannot have a bankruptcy discharged within the past 3 years
  • Currently living in sub-standard, subsidized, overcrowded or unaffordable housing
  • Must be willing to contribute 500 volunteer hours – “sweat equity” (300 hours for households with 1 adult)
  • Must have proof of steady income sufficient to repay a mortgage and satisfactory credit history
  • Must be within 30% to 80% of the Marion County median household income
Homeownership Informational Meetings:
Thursday, September 26th  at 6:30 pm at Faith Lutheran Church  (4505 River Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303)

Friday, October 11th at 6:00 pm at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (4440 State St, Salem, OR 97301)

Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 pm at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (4440 State St, Salem, OR 97301)

Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm at Morningside United Methodist Church (3674 12th St SE, Salem, OR 97302)

Monday, October 28th at 6:00 pm at Morningside United Methodist Church (3674 12th St SE, Salem, OR 97302)

RSVP to kattrina@salemahabitat.org or call 503-364-6642 or click HERE for an application form.
Individuals on our prospective homeowners list will be contacted prior to the next Application Information Meeting.

The selection of applicants who will purchase homes from Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley is managed by the Family Selection Committee in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or national origin or because all or part of the applicant’s income is derived from public assistance programs.