Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County has seen how homeownership strengthens communities – adding stability, wellness and better opportunities to people’s lives, while increasing community engagement.
Through their mission, “Building Communities, Empowering Families,” Habitat Bucks not only provides a pathway to affordable homeownership, but they provide tools to ensure homeowners’ longevity in their homes.
Habitat Bucks builds and renovates houses with stability in mind – maximizing energy efficiency and incorporating sustainable design features.
Homebuyers assist construction staff and volunteers in building or renovating their future homes (sweat equity), while connecting to educational opportunities.
Habitat’s free, homebuyer-readiness program, Almost Home, also empowers future homebuyers to learn crucial skills to prepare for the short- and long-term costs of purchasing and owning a home.
Participants learn how to tackle debt, improve credit scores and build practical spending plans with professional guidance and coaching.
To purchase a home through Habitat Bucks, households (individuals/families) must: currently live or work in Bucks County; complete sweat equity hours and participate in media coverage; have stable incomes and satisfactory credit histories (credit counseling referrals available); and demonstrate a need for an affordable home (such as unsafe living conditions; overcrowding; the inability to purchase a home in the county due to home prices; etc.).
Habitat’s homebuyers purchase their houses with affordable mortgages, paying taxes on the full values of their homes.
Habitat Bucks serves all of Bucks County; current home opportunities are available in the Levittown, Bristol and Morrisville communities.
Through all of the work and dedication of Habitat’s homebuyers, the most exciting part is when Habitat hands over the keys.
The most recent homebuyers, Omar and Martha, were living in a cramped, two-bedroom basement apartment.
Through the Habitat Bucks’ homeownership program, this family now has a house of their own.
For more information, contact Stefanie Clark at 215-822-2812 x307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit them online at www.habitatbucks.org/home-ownership.
Since 1990, Habitat Bucks has partnered with 109 households in Bucks County for homeownership.
Their Home Repair program makes exterior home repairs such as porch repair and installation of wheelchair access ramps, and interior home modifications to help aging and individuals with disabilities remain safe in their own homes.
Revenue from Habitat ReStores provides a source of sustainable funding for the construction and repair of homes.
PHOTO CAP: Jennifer (left) receiving her graduation certificate from a Clarifi team counselor