The Mason County Habitat Family Selection Committee will hold its first information meeting and application workshop for selecting the 10th local family to partner with Habitat to own their own home on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Eckert Civic Center.Habitat homeowners are selected by the Family Selection Committee based upon the following criteria: Housing Need: Applicant(s) must currently be living in substandard conditions and have a need for simple, decent housing. Willingness to Partner: Habitat homeowners work in partnership with Habitat staff and volunteers and must agree to complete a number of “Sweat Equity” hours based upon the size of applicant family. Habitat Homeowners attend a required series of Workshops throughout the selections process, in addition to contributing to the construction of their homes.Residency: Applicant(s) must live in Mason County for at least one year prior to application and be a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States.Ability to Pay: Applicant(s) must have a credit report clear of any declared bankruptcies or foreclosures within the last 3 years and must have verifiable household income that meets Habitat’s guidelines. Habitat does not use a credit scoring system but does look VERY carefully at a credit payment history, particularly for a recent history clear of outstanding delinquencies, charge offs or unresolved credit issues. Habitat homebuyers typically have an annual household income between 30% to 60%, of the Area Median Income as determined by HUD as follows:Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6Income Minimum30% $11,100 $12,700 $14,300 $15,830 $17,150 $18,400Income Maximum60% $22,200 $25,400 $28,800 $31,700 $34,300 $36,600
Mason County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical, Christian non-profit housing organization. Family selection follows a nondiscriminatory policy where race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability or family status is not a factor in choosing the families who receive a Habitat house. Habitat builds with people in need regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability or familial status and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Workshops for interested applicants to be held at the Eckert Civic Center as follows: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.Individuals interested in applying for a Habitat Home who are unable to attend the scheduled workshops can call the Habitat office at 325-347-9591 and request that a member of the Family Selection Committee contact them.