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What is the Process?

If you are interested in learning more about affordable home ownership in Champaign County you will begin by completing a Housing Interest Form

After orientation potential Partner Families must complete a Housing Application Form. This form includes detailed information regarding the family’s needs, income and ability to pay. A Habitat staff member or volunteer will be available to assist you with this process.

Once the form has been submitted Applicants go through an extensive screening which includes an interview, a home visit, and credit and employment verification. 

Once Habitat homebuyers have been accepted into the program, the fun begins! While it typically takes 12 to 18 months before a family moves in to their new home, there is a lot to do during that time.

Once a Homebuyer is approved, requirements include:

Perform 250 hours of Sweat Equity. This includes:

  • Free family money management classes
  • Free home maintenance classes
  • 120 Build Hours
  • 80 hours working in the Habitat ReStore
  • Up to 50 hours Sweat Equity performed by friends and family
  • Other approved Sweat Equity hours such as working on other Habitat build sites, in the Habitat Offices or educational programs

Save money for:

  • Save for down payment
  • Homeowners insurance 
  • Moving expenses such as utility change or setup fees, lease cancellation fees and address change charges

Represent and be a STRONG advocate for Habitat:

  • Help build their home! They will be on site and working with volunteers throughout the building process developing relationships
  • Be available for media interviews regarding their experience with Habitat
  • Be center stage for the home dedication and presentation of the keys to their new home
Complete the Home Interest Form

For more information call 217-819-5113

or write to:
Habitat for Humanity
Housing Interest Form Request
119 E. University Ave
Champaign, IL 61820