Own a Home

Habitat partners with people to help them build a place they can call home. Homeowners work alongside volunteers to help build their own homes, which they then purchase with an affordable 30-year, 2% fixed-interest-rate mortgage.

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Criteria for selection

Residency

You must be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States and have lived or worked in Albany, Rensselaer or Southern Saratoga County for at least the past year.

Need

You must not have owned a home in past 3 years and currently be living in substandard, subsidized, or unaffordable housing.

Ability to pay

  • Must have proof of steady income and satisfactory credit history.
  • Provide 1% cash down payment
  • Establish a monthly savings account
  • Have no accounts in collection, no charge-offs or unsatisfied public records
  • No bankruptcies in the last 4 years

Willingness to partner

All homebuyers must complete 250 hours of “sweat equity” and homebuyer education.

Income Guidelines

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How to apply

Learn more about the application process and next steps towards purchasing an affordable home of your own.

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FAQs

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Habitat homeownership.

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Contact

For more information on homeownership with Habitat, please contact:

Erin Glock, Director of Homeowner Services
(518) 462-2993 x107
Erin@HabitatCD.org