Habitat for Humanity Tucson Seeks Homebuyers
Habitat for Humanity Tucson is searching for qualified homebuyers to purchase Habitat homes available in the greater Tucson area, including Habitat’s main construction site at I-10 and Craycroft, and in Amado. Michael McDonald, Habitat executive director, says, “We are trying to get the word out that affordable housing is available!” Some homes area available for payments as low as $550 per month.
Applicants are considered for Habitat’s program based on their ability to pay, willingness to partner and their need for safe, decent, affordable housing. Habitat homes are sold to qualifying homebuyers with a 15- to 25-year no-interest loan; their payments to Habitat Tucson are then put into a revolving fund to help build more homes. Approved buyers are required to pay a modest down payment in addition to volunteering 200 hours of “sweat equity” per adult, per home.
“Our homeowners have often found that they can own their own home for the same amount they pay in rent and sometimes, less,” says Lori Bable, homeowner services director. All applications are reviewed by a Homeowner Selection Committee, and the selection process usually takes approximately six weeks.
To apply, an applicant must be a first-time homebuyer according to HUD’s definition, must be a legal resident and a resident of Pima County, must agree to a criminal background check and must qualify using the household size and income listed at the group’s website.
Applicants can call 520-326-1217 or submit their information online at HabitatTucson.org/apply.