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Build Your Own Home



Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio empowers people who qualify to build and buy their own homes. The Habitat Program requires “sweat equity” (250 hours for one adult member and 500 hours for a household with 2 or more adults), the completion of a series of educational classes, a down payment of $1,000.00, and monthly mortgage payments on a zero interest home loan.

Are you ready for homeownership with Habitat?

Have you lived in one of the following counties for at least one year? Athens, Fairfield, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, or a surrounding county e.g., Gallia that does not have a Habitat organization
Do you have a need for shelter?
  • Your current housing is sub-standard (run-down, defective, or unsafe) OR
  • Your current living conditions are overcrowded OR
  • You are in temporary or transitional housing or you are homeless OR
  • Your current neighborhood is unsafe OR
  • More than 50% of your monthly income is spent on housing OR
  • You currently have a housing choice voucher (Section 8)
Do you have the ability to pay for a Habitat home?

Fairfield County Income Guidelines

Family Size Yearly Gross Income (before taxes)
One (1) $19,680 - $39,360
Two (2) $22,500 - $45,000
Three (3) $25,320 - $50,640
Four (4) $28,110 - $56,220
Five (5) $30,360 - $60,720
Six (6) $32,610 - $65,220

All Other County Income Guidelines

Family Size Yearly Gross Income (before taxes)
One (1) $16,000 – $31,140
Two (2) $17,790 – $35,580
Three (3) $20,010 – $40,020
Four (4) $22,230 – $44,460
Five (5) $24,030 – $48,060
Six (6) $25,800 – $51,600

Last updated: 6/20/2022

Are you willing to partner with Habitat?
  • Will you be able to contribute 250 sweat equity hours for a one person household or 500 hours (250 each) for a household with 2 or more adults towards the construction of your home, at the ReStore, and at other events?
  • Will you be able to attend educational classes and meetings in Athens County?
If you think you meet all of the criteria above, please complete the inquiry below.

Note: This is not an application. Applications must be completed in person.

First Name *
Last Name *
What is the best way to contact you?
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
How did you hear about us?
Do you own land to build on?
  • The Director of Family Services will be in contact with you. Also, it may be helpful to start gathering the required documentation for the next step of our process.