Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County builds houses in partnership with qualifying partner families and sells the houses at no profit with affordable mortgages. The program also prepares partner families to become successful Habitat home owners.
Qualifications to Apply
To qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home you must have*:
a need for better housing
the ability to pay a monthly mortgage payment
a willingness to partner with Habitat (including 250 Sweat Equity Hours per adult)
legal U.S. Residency Status
residency or work history in Elkhart County for the previous year minimum
the ability to accept a house in the locations where Habitat is building
an income that falls within our income guidelines (see chart)
*All lending decisions are made based on ability to repay.
Mortgage payments will not exceed 30% of gross monthly income.
Attend an Informational Meeting
These meetings are typically held twice a year throughout Elkhart County. Participants learn more about homeownership basics, the application process, and will be able to pick-up a Habitat homeownership application. Attendance at an Informational Meeting is a required step in the application process.
Complete the application
When your application is complete schedule a meeting with our Family Services Director to review it. A committee will review all of the applications and will make recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, the ‘process’ is done and the ‘program’ begins.
Attendance at an Informational Meeting is a required step in
the application process. Meetings are typically held once or twice a year. After attending an informational meeting you must schedule a meeting with the Family Services Director before
the application deadline in order to submit your completed application. Follow us on Facebook or check this page for the 2020 application meetings.
New Meeting Requirements due to COVID-19:
Attendees must RSVP in advance due to limited space
Must wear mask and social distance
Please do not bring children to the Informational Meeting
Only applicants should attend (no friends or family)
The next informational meetings will be scheduled in the Spring of 2021. To learn more contact Bonnie at
574-533-6109 or email
Spanish interpretation will be available at these meetings: