Thank you for your interest in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) and our Homeownership Program. For nearly 30 years Habitat LA has built homes and fulfilled dreams in partnership with hardworking individuals and families. Through a collaborative effort, Habitat LA works towards increasing the affordable housing stock in our community. Homes are sold to qualifying partner homebuyers and financed with affordable loans.
How the Program Works
With the support of community partners, donors, and volunteers, Habitat LA constructs new homes and renovates existing homes alongside Habitat Partner Homebuyers. Our homeownership program is designed to assist low-income first-time homebuyers achieve the American dream of homeownership. Habitat homes are sold to partner homebuyers at no profit and financed with affordable loans. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest sweat equity hours building their future Habitat home and the homes of other Habitat Homebuyers. Interested applicants must submit an application and meet the following program eligibility requirements.
- Homebuyers must be able to demonstrate they can afford a small down payment and a monthly mortgage payment.
- Homebuyers must fall within the following income guidelines. (See chart)
- Homebuyers must have good credit (no recent bankruptcies, collections, liens or judgments)
- Homebuyers must demonstrate a need for decent and affordable housing
- Complete Habitat LA’s Family Investment Education Program (optional)
- Homebuyers must be willing to partner with Habitat LA by completing the following:
- 125-500 sweat equity hours
- A HUD-certified pre-purchase homebuyer education workshop
- All household members must be U.S. Citizens or permanent legal residents.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles provides equal housing opportunities for all, and ensures fair and equal access to its programs and services regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law. Veterans and military household designation is permissible under the Fair Housing Act, so long as the restriction does not operate to exclude a class protected by the act. Thus, the housing must be offered to any qualified veteran or military household, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status. 42 U.S.C. 3601-19
2020 Income Eligibility Limits
|Number of People
|Very Low Income 50% AMI||Low Income 80% AMI||Moderate Income 120% AMI|
*Note: Income guidelines vary by property development and are subject to change per the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).