Habitat for Humanity El Paso to Build a Home for Veteran; Application Process Now Open

Habitat for Humanity El Paso has received an anonymous gift to build a home for a military veteran and their immediate family residing in El Paso County.

Interested veterans are encouraged to call the Habitat office at (915) 755-6633 to request an application. Organizations may also call on their behalf and request that an application be mailed or emailed.

More information is also available on the Habitat Website.

Officials say they have not finalized the location of this home as of yet, but are prepared to begin the selection process for any applicants who wish to apply for this home and meet the four basic criteria:

1. Ability to Pay: Habitat homes are not free, but are sold to our partner families at cost (land + construction) with a 30-year no-interest loan. We calculate a family’s ability to afford the mortgage, taxes and insurance by using a variety of documents to determine income, credit worthiness and legal residency. The ability to pay documents and income guidelines will be listed in detail on the next page of this document.

2. Housing Need: Applicants who meet the Ability to Pay requirements may be chosen to go onto the home interview phase where a team of Habitat Family Selection volunteers meets with them in their home to determine housing need. This can be defined in a variety of ways to include overcrowding, a dwelling poorly-maintained by a landlord or property manager, an unreasonably high income-to-rent ratio and other factors that contribute to housing need. Applicants may not currently own a home, but owning land does not eliminate someone from consideration.

3. Willingness to Partner: Habitat partner families work with us to build their own homes and the homes of other applicants. In addition to working on the construction site, we offer volunteer opportunities in our El Paso ReStore and our downtown warehouse. Details on the number of hours required and the distribution of those hours are available in the second half of this document.

4. Military Service: For our normal selection process, this criteria does not apply, however the donor has stipulated that the selected family must include a veteran who has served honorably in the United States military. Documentation verifying service will be required as part of the application process.