How to Apply

Every family needs a strong foundation to build a brighter future

Application

We currently are in the process of reviewing applications for the 2021 Homeownership Program!
  • The window to receive an application for 2021 homes closed on Aug 4
  • Application Packets are due August 31st
  • If you are interested in applying for the program in the future, applications for 2022 build season will be available in July 2021. To get on an applicant interest list, click the blue button on the right.

Scroll down for more information on the application process.

How families are chosen:

The selection of families who will purchase homes from Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is done by our Family Selection committee in a way that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin or because all or part of the applicant’s income is derived from public assistance programs. The applicant families go through the required application and interview process to determine their needs and the ability to meet LAHFH’s requirements.

We use the following criteria to choose families each year:

Residency: Families must have lived or worked within the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity service area for the past year. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s service area is Cass County of ND and Clay County of MN.

Housing Need: They must currently live in sub-standard housing with structural defects, health hazards, other unsafe conditions, or housing that is simply too small for the family.

Partnership: They are willing to partner with Habitat in the construction of the home by contributing “sweat equity” hours (250 hours of labor per adult in the household). Families agree to care, maintain and repair their own home and yard. Families agree to reflect and represent Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in a positive manner.

Affordability Need: Each family has a household income that falls within Habitat’s guidelines and shows an ability to repay the mortgage.

For 2020-2021 Family Selection, your Annual Gross Income must be within this range in order to be eligible for a Habitat Home

Family Size
Minimum AGI
Maximum AGI
1
$31,400
$40,800
2
$35,850
$46,600
3
$40,350
$52,450
4
$44,800
$58,250
5
$48,400
$62,900
6
$52,000
$67,600
7
$55,600
$72,250
8
$59,150
$76,900

Sweat Equity

Every Partner Family adult (age 18 and up) is required to perform a minimum of 250 hours of volunteer work known as “sweat equity” within the Habitat organization before moving into their home. Sweat equity is an exciting learning experience in which Partner Families work with family, neighbors, and friends to build other Partner Families’ homes as well as their own.

Working alongside volunteers and future neighbors to build their home and community is one of the most rewarding aspects of Habitat for Humanity for Partner Families. Besides working on the construction site, there are many other ways to complete sweat equity hours such as working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, helping in the LAHFH office, and attending classes on home maintenance and financial fitness. Habitat for Humanity does not give handouts, but instead partners with families in need to provide a simple, decent and affordable homes.

Habitat for Humanity does not give handouts, but instead partners with families in need to provide a simple, decent and affordable homes.
Are you ready to apply?

Applications are available July 1-August 4 ONLY and can be obtained by:

1.  Stopping at the Habitat ReStore during store hours of Tuesday -Friday from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Habitat ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead and is accessible by bus. Restore staff are unable to answer your questions, but all questions will be answered at the mandatory LAHFH Introduction to Homeownership class.

2. Email: Email your name, mailing address and phone number to brianna@lakeagassizhabitat.org If you request an application by email, they will be sent out on Friday mornings, during the application pick-up period. (July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31)

3. Postal Mail: Email your name, mailing address and phone number to brianna@lakeagassizhabitat.org If you request an application by mail, they will be sent out 2 times during July. (July 17 and 31)

Information on LAHFH Introduction to Homeownership Class:

All applicants must attend a 1-hour LAHFH Introduction to Homeownership Class. Attending this class is part of LAHFH’s “Willingness to Partner” criteria.

This year’s class will be held virtually:

  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM
  • Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM

*Families that do not have access to internet and/or video capabilities need to email Brianna@lakeagassizhabitat.org as soon as possible, to arrange an alternative option.

Pre-register for 1 class before Thursday, Aug. 6th, 2020. Registration can be done by:

  1. Stopping at the Habitat ReStore during store hours of Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and then mailing the completed registration form to: Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Attn: Brianna, PO Box 1022, Moorhead, MN 56560
  2. Complete the online registration form.

Each class will cover the application process, how families are selected and how LAHFH builds it houses. The class is free. Interpreters are not provided, but you are welcome to use an interpreter if needed. Do not let your children distract you during the virtual class.

2021 Homeowner Application Packets are due by August 31. Applications must be mailed to: Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Attn: Brianna, PO Box 1022, Moorhead, MN 56561.

Do not drop off applications at ReStore or the Habitat Office. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity staff are not responsible for msiplacing any applications that are dropped off. 

Non-Proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity International (“Habitat”) and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity

ReStore