By Leah Ballard | Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County
Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County is building 15 homes in five years.
Historically, Habitat Archuleta has built one home per year for 30 years. Thanks to the overwhelming support from our community, we are tripling our build capacity. We’re now in our second year of our five-year plan, and we’re accepting applications for potential homeowners.
Homeownership applications are available at our office, just above the downtown TBK Bank, near Natural Grocers. Hard copies are hung on the bulletin board outside the office, or applicants are welcome to pop in and ask a few questions if they pick up an application in person.
Homeownership applications are also available to download from our website, www.HabitatArchuleta.org.
We are accepting applications now through the end of June. We partner with potential homeowners who have reliable income at 80 percent of the area median income or lower. These numbers are updated in the spring every year, but we have not been updated on the 2023 income limits yet.
The Habitat Archuleta application is essentially a mortgage application; supporting documents are required. In order for the application to be considered complete, all supporting documents must also be provided by the end of June.
The process to partner with Habitat Archuleta is over a year long. Homebuyer education is required, a minimum credit score of 640 and 300 hours of sweat equity in helping build your own home must be contributed throughout the year-long process.
If applicants are unsure they would qualify for a mortgage loan, applying to partner to build with Habitat Archuleta is a great place to start. Homeowner Services Coordinator Leah Ballard can give applicants an idea of the steps toward homeownership.
We cannot thank our community enough on behalf of our homeowners, the businesses who employ them and the children who rely upon them. Habitat Archuleta projects are a combination of volunteer labor, subcontractors, in-kind donation of products and services, and homeowner sweat equity. Habitat families work alongside volunteers to build their home and pay an affordable mortgage.
Starting June 20, we’ll be on the jobsite Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call (970) 264-6960 or email office@HabitatArchuleta.org before you arrive so we can plan for how many hands will be on deck.