Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity is looking for deserving families to partner with them. Being a partner family simply means working WITH Habitat to improve the community and to help with the process of constructing the new home.
HERE'S HOW TO FIND OUT MORE...
Step One: Applying
To begin the application process to be considered for a Habitat for Humanity home, you must provide:
- Income verification forms
- Copy of most recent checking and/or savings account statement
- Proof of Residency – light bill, rental agreement or deed
- Landlord letter of reference
- Personal letter of reference
- Copies of Federal Income Tax returns for past 3 years
- Copy of South Carolina Driver's license or South Carolina ID card and Social Security card
Step Two: Home Visits
Once verified that an applicant meets the initial qualifications for Habitat homeownership, the applicant must agree to a home visit by two members of Habitat's Family Selection Committee. The purpose of the home visit includes:
- Verifying the information on the application
- Confirming the need for adequate shelter
- Explaining and reviewing Habitat's ministry and the family's requirements for homeownership
- Assessing the family's willingness to meet the obligations of homeownership
- Assessing the family's willingness to move to current or prospective Habitat locations
- Confirming "Sweat Equity" expectations
Families are selected according to the following criteria and regulations:
- Need for adequate shelter
- Willingness to partner with Habitat by engaging in "Sweat Equity"
- Must be a resident of Florence County for at least one year
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Verification of income
- Attendance at mandatory educational workshops
- Ability to pay closing cost of approximately $1500
- Credit score – a minimum of 550
- Criminal background check
- Sex offender check
The Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider.
The selection of families who will purchase a home from Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity will be done by the Family Selection Committee in such a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, handicap, relation, marital status, or because all or part of the applicant's income is derived from public assistance programs. A Partner family will be chosen by who is most qualified, whether it's one person or a family of four.
When you receive a home from Habitat for Humanity, you become a homeowner—not a renter! Should anything occur with your house (water not working, appliance malfunction, etc.), there is no superintendent to call; you are responsible for fixing the issue.
Repairs to household damage including walls, plumbing, and appliances are mandatory and should not go unattended.
Once you have moved into your new home, you become an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and should expect donors who made the home possible to tour your neighborhood. Complying with the following regulations will make your neighborhood a better community and will enable others to receive Habitat homes:
- As a Florence County subdivision, Habitat and your own Board of Directors will govern your community
- The community will have rules and restrictions (covenants) that must be abided, including but not limited to:
- Maintaining the home's interior and exterior appearance
- No debris or trash may appear in yards (trash burning is also forbidden)
- No abandoned or broken down vehicles on the property
- No building of outside sheds, garages, or carports without written permission from your Family Service Committee and the Habitat Board of Directors.
- Children must be supervised while playing in the neighborhood. They are not allowed near dumpsters, construction sites, and bodies of water (if applicable). Habitat for Humanity is not responsible for children being hurt while playing in areas where they should not be.
- Habitat for Humanity maintains a zero-tolerance policy for illegal activities and will take legal action against any illegal activity committed on the property of a Habitat-built house, including:
- Drug use or sale
- Possession of firearms
- Public disorderly conduct
- Conduct threatening to children or other adults.