When the application process opens, individuals and families who wish to apply for a Habitat home in the East St. Tammany communities of Slidell, Lacombe, Alton and Pearl River can print the application online or stop by our office at 440 Brownswitch Road, Slidell, La. 70458.
You will be considered for a Habitat home if your present housing is not adequate, and if you are unable to obtain adequate housing through other conventional means.
Lack of adequate housing may include problems with the present structure of your home; problems with your water, electrical or sewerage service systems; problems with your heating system; hazardous substances, or failure to meet city property maintenance standards. You may also meet the need for housing qualification if you are living in an overcrowded or unaffordable situation.
If you are living in transitional or subsidized housing, such as Section 8, you may qualify. Though your Section 8 voucher will not apply to your mortgage, we will make sure your payments do not exceed 30% of your income, which is similar to how Section 8 vouchers work.
Once you have been selected to receive a home, you become a “partner family.” This partnership is a unique characteristic of our program in that you contribute to your ongoing eligibility through “equity.”
This means that your family is responsible for completing 250-300 volunteer hours with East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity. This sweat equity hour requirement can be completed during site construction on current homes and by attending homeowner classes.
Sweat Equity is a fun way to stay involved with both the Habitat community and the process of completing your future home.