Habitat for Humanity of Porter County Seeks Partner Families

By: Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Last Updated: March 17, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of Porter County, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is currently taking applications for partner families. habitat-for-humanity

Information sessions will be held on Saturday, March 27 at the Valparaiso YMCA (1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive) at 10 am and the Hebron Public Library (201 West Sigler Street) at 2 pm. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one session. Eligible applicants will be considered for this year’s build sites in Hebron and Valparaiso. Applications will be accepted as an e-mailed PDF file or postmarked through Wednesday, April 14 for consideration.

To qualify for a Habitat house, applicants must demonstrate a need for housing. Current living conditions could be substandard, overcrowded or unaffordable (rent=50% or more of gross income). Gross income of the family must be less than 50% of the area median income in Porter County. Applicants must also currently have lived in or held a job in Porter County for a minimum of one year.
Families should demonstrate the willingness to partner with Habitat on home construction. Partner families are required to put in 300 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer work on their new home, along with a down payment on the property. Selected partner families, in turn, receive an interest-free mortgage through Habitat for Humanity.

To download an application, or to learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up for e-mail updates on construction, visit www.portercountyhabitat.org. Applications are also available at various area churches, Housing Opportunities, Inc., Sistar Mortgage, and City Hall in Valparaiso, or at Hebron Town Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Family Selection Chair Dean Stolpe at mail@portercountyhabitat.org or (219) 531-0359.

About Habitat for Humanity of Porter County:
Habitat for Humanity of Porter County is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing throughout Porter County, Indiana. Established in 1994, our affiliate has completed 12 houses, serving 41 people in 12 families. Homes are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with no-interest mortgages. HFH receives no government funds that are directly designated for home construction. Local residents, churches, and businesses support our work through their generous donations of labor, funds, and equipment. For more information, visit www.portercountyhabitat.org.