Review and Approval Process for Applicants
- Family Selection Committee reviews applicants who make it through the prescreening application process and makes recommendations.
- Family Selection Committee completes a home visit and interview then reviews and recommends applicants for next step.
- Finance Committee reviews and recommends candidates for next step.
- Board of Directors review and make decision on applicants to be offered opportunity to become Future Habitat homeowners.
- Notify applicants via mail on decision.
- If the applicants decide to accept, an Agreement is signed and “Sweat Equity” can begin.
What Is Sweat Equity? How Do I Complete It?
Sweat equity is the term we use to describe the time a homebuyer volunteers. Each Greater Cleveland Habitat homebuyer is required to complete 250 sweat-equity hours prior to moving into their home.
- All sweat equity must be properly recorded and submitted to the Family Services Coordinator.
- 50 hours must be completed before an approved applicant will be shown property.
- Help rehab a Greater Cleveland Habitat house on a scheduled construction day (minimum of 100 hours).
- The remaining 150 hours can be completed at an approved Habitat work site (i.e. ReStore, construction, event, etc.) with family, friends and other Habitat Homeowners.
- Work in a Habitat ReStore or donation dock for scheduled shifts.
- Attend a neighborhood meeting for the local Neighborhood Association.
- All Habitat homeowner education courses must also be completed during this time.