The Application Process

  • Pick up an application.

Applications can  be picked up at Habitat ReStore, any Rutherford County public library, Forest City Housing Authority, Department of Social Services, Health Department

  1. Fill out your application.
  2. Make copies of any of the documents listed below that apply to your situation:
  • Federal Income tax returns (form 1040) for the previous year
  • Current pay stubs (last two pay periods)
  • Current benefit statements (SSI, SSDI, Section 8 Housing, etc…)
  • Child support court order and payment history for the past two years
  • Copy of Driver's license
  • Copy of Social Security Card for everyone who will live in the house.
  • Other documents as identified in the application.
  1. Schedule a meeting with the family services coordinator to review your application for completeness. Call for an appointment.
  1. After your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Family Services Coordinator for Need, Ability to Pay, and Willingness to Partner with Habitat. Criminal background and credit report will be obtained and reviewed.
  2. If your application passes the initial review, a home visit will be arranged.

The home visit consists of a tour of your current home and an interview of your family by two members of the Family Selection Committee. The purpose of the home visit is to discuss the Habitat housing program in further detail and gain further information on your family's current living conditions.

All heads of the household must participate and the entire family should be present.

  1. After your home visit, your application is reviewed by the entire Family Selection Committee.

The committee reviews information submitted on the application form, financial documents and information obtained at the home visit to determine whether your application meets the program guidelines.

If approved, your application is forwarded to the Habitat Board of Directors for a final review and approval.

If the committee does not approve your application, you will be notified in writing with the reason for denial.

  1. If approved by the Board of Directors, you will be contacted to set a date for an Acceptance Meeting.