Own A Home

Are you living in substandard housing? Does most of your monthly income go toward paying rent? Is your family living in overcrowded conditions?

If your income is between 30 and 80 percent of the regional median income, you may qualify for our Homeownership Program. Habitat for Humanity Sarasota provides safe, affordable housing to deserving families. Habitat Sarasota partners with families to break the cycle of living in poverty by providing an affordable mortgage to qualified families.

To become a qualified homeowner you must show a need for affordable housing, the ability to pay a mortgage, and the willingness to partner with our organization. Each qualified homeowner is required to contribute a minimum of 300 volunteer hours, which is what we call "sweat equity".

Our philosophy:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. -Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie

Our proven model can be measured in many ways, one can see it in how well they take care of their homes. When a family moves from an inadequate living situation into an affordable home, children's grades in school typically improve – some even go to college – and the sense of belonging in the community increases.


Submit your Application
After submitting your application, someone from our Homeowner Services department will contact you within 5-7 business days. At that time a $20 payment is required to acquire a credit check.

Our application cycle is currently closed. We will begin accepting applications again at the beginning of next quarter, July 1, 2017.  

Or... Attend a Homeowner Orientation
You may find it helpful to attend one of our optional Homeowner Orientation to help answer the many questions you probably have. Orientations are held at local libraries in Sarasota. There is NO FEE to attend, but please do arrange for childcare during this time. We are currently in the process of scheduling orientations for next quarter and will post the July-September, 2017 schedule soon.


We are pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.


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