We are thrilled you are interested in homeownership with Habitat Chicago. We open applications for our program on a periodic basis, accepting several families at once so you have the peer-support of completing the program as a cohort. 


Habitat for Humanity believes that all hard-working individuals and families should have access to the benefits and stability of homeownership and want you to be a part of a homebuyer program that teaches you everything you need to know, and works with you to build your home!


We are now accepting application for our Affordable Homeownership Program!


Take the First Steps

STEP ONE: Review our program information to understand the structure, intent and qualification of Habitat Chicago’s Affordable Homeownership Program. 

STEP TWO: Complete this self-assessment to get a sense of your possible eligibility for our program. (Please note: this is not an application.)

STEP THREE: Attend one of two mandatory Orientations on Wednesday 11/28/18 or Saturday 12/8/18 to be able to submit an application. Seating is limited; you must register to attend.



Want to Get a Jump Start?

If you are advanced to the Orientation, you will receive complete instructions for submitting your affordable homeownership application. But if you are itching to get prepared for your full application process, you can begin collecting the documentation listed below for each applicant, or in the case of the asterisk-marked (*) points, each household member.


  • State issued photo ID or driver’s license*

  • Social Security card / permanent resident card / work visa

  • Letter of explanation for all credit inquiries

  • Most recent 30 days of pay stubs*

  • Proof of any other source of income from the issuer*

  • 3 months of most recent assets statements (all pages)

  • Two months of most recent bank statements for checking and savings accounts

  • 12 months of most recent cancelled rent checks

  • Previous 2 years of W‐2’s and complete Tax Returns (1040’s with all schedules/ 1099’s) (If you are self-employed, you will need a current year-to-date Profit and Loss Statement and Balance Sheet.)*

  • Copy of death decree / divorce decree / marriage license

  • Bankruptcy discharge documents / foreclosure documents

  • Check for and being to address outstanding City of Chicago parking tickets*



Equal Housing Opportunity

Habitat for Humanity Chicago is a nonprofit housing ministry affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We seek to eliminate substandard housing in Chicago and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build homes together in partnership with qualifying families. 



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