If you are interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland’s homeownership program including application and selection process, please carefully review the following information.
To start the process, interested homebuyers must attend an HFHMM Homeownership Information Session held at our office. Registration is strongly encouraged because walk-ins might not be allowed. Only one adult per application needs to attend this session.
During the session, attendees will learn about the Habitat homeownership model, requirements for purchasing a home, the selection process, selection criteria, etc. All interested attendees will then undergo an intake meeting with a Family Selection Committee Member.
PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at an information session and completion of an intake meeting does not guarantee receipt of an application, notification of projects, nor selection as a Habitat homebuyer. After a successful intake meeting, HFHMM will keep applicant information on file for up to SIX months or until the applicant is notified of THREE projects or until the applicant chooses to SUBMIT an application for homeownership, whichever comes first.
After reviewing the intake information collected at the homeownership information session, HFHMM will try to match interested families with an upcoming project.
A few key things to remember about step two:
Applicants who are notified of a project will have the option of submitting a full application to purchase one of the project homes. A complete application must be received within two weeks. No missing information will be allowed; an incomplete application will be denied!
HFHMM will carefully review the application to determine whether a family fulfills the required criteria. If the application fulfills the criteria, a home visit will occur. For more information please visit our Family Selection Criteria page of our website.
The home visit has three goals:
A final decision regarding approval or denial for purchase is not determined during the home visit. HFHMM will complete an application evaluation after the home visit in preparation for final review.
The Family Selection Committee meets monthly to discuss potential homebuyers and make a decisions on whether to approve or deny a family. A final approval must be given by HFHMM’s Board of Directors on whether or not a family can purchase a home from HFHMM.
Inevitably, there will be more qualified homebuyers than homes available so not all qualified families will be able to purchase. Please do not let a denial from HFHMM end your search to purchase a simple, decent, affordable home in Montgomery County.
For more information please contact our Family Services Coordinator at Family.Services@HabitatMM.org or 301-990-0014 x21.