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Giving A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

At the core of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Wood Buffalo is a vision–a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Often, the only barrier between a Habitat family and a conventional mortgage is their income level. HFH Wood Buffalo provides affordable home ownership opportunities to qualified, low-income families who are unable to qualify for a conventional mortgage.

Habitat homes are not given to families for free; rather, homes are sold to qualified partner families.

Qualifying For a Habitat Home

Applications are pre-screened based on three main criteria:

  • A need for safe, decent housing. Overcrowding, unhealthy or unsafe living conditions are all factors considered during our selection process.
  • Ability to pay. Habitat partner families pay a mortgage. They need to be able to make their payments in full and on time every month.  Habitat families undergo financial screening and credit checks just like traditional mortgage applicants.
  • Willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat families must contribute 500 “sweat equity” hours towards the completion of their home. They must also be prepared to be in the spotlight during the build and willing to talk about their experience after the build has been complete.

How the Program Works

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Wood Buffalo seeks out land and build opportunities within RM Wood Buffalo. We seek partner organizations to donate land, supplies, build materials and cash to acquire build lots and materials needed to construct our partner homes. Once land is secured and a plan is in place to build, we put out the call for applications for new partner families.

Family Selection Process

Habitat Wood Buffalo: Family Selection Process

Upon making it through the initial screening process, families undergo credit checks, reference checks and a multi-step interview process. Successful candidates then embark on their journey to home ownership in partnership with Habitat.

Building home, building hope.


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