Family Selection


Family Selection Criteria

The Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity believes and insists on non-discriminatory family selection criteria for all homeowner families.  Home buyers applying to Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity must meet the following criteria:

Demonstrate a need for adequate and affordable housing:
Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.  The affiliate's family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need and their willingness to become partners in the program.

Demonstrate ability to pay:
A family's gross income must fall between 30% and 60% of the Federal Income guidelines.  Family's total debt (house payment plus all others) must be no more than 40% of family's gross income.

Applicant families must be credit worthy. Any bankruptcies filed during the past year must be reconciled and all liens or judgments must be paid in full before purchasing a Habitat home.

Income guidelines for families: (rev 1.8.13)
 1-member family: $14,800-$29,520
 2-member family: $16,900-$33,740
 3-member family: $19,000-$37,960
 4-member family: $21,100-$42,180
 5-member family: $22,800-$45,560
 6-member family: $24,500-$48,750
 7-member family: $26,200-$51,675
 8-member family: $27,900-$54,775

Be willing to partner:
Each family selected to purchase a home from Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity invests in the Habitat program by working 450 hours (225 hours for families with 1 adult) helping to build homes, attending classes such as homeowner maintenance and budgeting, or other Habitat work as arranged; including, participation in publicity for Habitat.

Be Honest:
All information that is requested, must be provided accurately.  Withholding or falsifying information will result in the application being rejected. The volunteer Family Selection Team verifies information on home buyer applications, including: income, current rent and relationship with landlord. They also check personal references and any criminal background.

Additional criteria:
Applicants must have lived or worked in Salt Lake or Tooele County at least one calendar year, and currently a legal resident of the United States.

Equal Opportunity:
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. law for the achievement of equal housing opportunities throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing based on race, color, religion, handicap, familial status or national origin.