Family Selection

 Looking for an application to become a partner family?

Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for our next Habitat house.

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan. (Based on family size – for example, annual income for family of four between $15,450 – $30,900 in Pike County, Alabama).

Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Additional criteria:
Applicants must have lived in Pike County at least one year.

Questions? We strongly recommend that you attend one of the orientation sessions in January:

      January 7 – Tuesday – at 6pm – First United Methodist Church of Troy

      January 11 – Saturday – at 10am – St. Martins of Tours Catholic Church in Troy

Application: 

Applications are due on February 8, 2020, at the Application Day Event. Each family will bring their completed application and supporting documents to the Application Day Event (Feb. 8 at 8am) – at the First United Methodist Church.

Click here for the 2019/2020 application.

In addition to your completed and signed Application/Release Form, on Application Day you must bring with you:

  1. Proof of I.D. – You must have a picture I.D. (driver’s license, etc) and social security card for applicant, co-applicant, and each child or dependent.
  2. Proof of Current Address – Utility bill for power, phone, cable, gas, etc.
  3. Information about landlords – Name, address, phone numbers for last two landlords.
  4. Employer – Name, address, phone number of company you work for and your supervisor (information needed for all members in the household)
  5. Income – Information showing income such as two most recent pay stubs, tax return, child support, food stamps, SSI, etc.
  6. Debts – Monthly bill statements including electricity, water, gas, phone, car payments, credit cards, insurance, furniture store, etc.
  7. Assets – Account numbers of your checking and/or savings accounts
  8. Personal References – Name, address, phone numbers of at least 3 people who know you.
  9. Legal Custody Order – for all children, if applicable.

Please direct your questions to troypikehabitat@gmail.com

 

Meet the Barron Family

Ashley Barron is living proof of hard work and persistence paying off.  We first met Ashley Barron, her mom, Janice, and her teenage daughters a few years back when we held an application and interview day for the Habitat house we finished in 2016. Ashley and her family were living in an old family home that had been repaired and added on to so many times it seemed to be barely holding together in places and the electrical wiring in the house was very worrisome and unreliable. At the time, Ashley was suffering from back pain and trying to get some financial assistance through disability. Although she and her family had an obvious need and were very willing to partner with Habitat, without a clear, steady income already in place, a Habitat home mortgage would have been too much of a financial burden for Ashley and Janice to handle. When Ashley received notification that she was not selected for a Habitat house, she didn’t give up. She steadily pushed forward, working on her health, home, and family, and eventually became able to work again.

The next time a Habitat application and interview day rolled around, Ashley Barron was ready. She and her mom applied all over again with the same need and willingness to partner and with new information that proved they were financially stable and ready for home ownership!

It has been already been a pleasure working with the Barron family. Janice, Amber, and Caitlin are getting in sweat equity hours – working as they are able due to health issues and age restrictions imposed by Habitat. Ashley is at the house every Saturday as soon as she gets off work, bringing renewed energy to our volunteer work crew – even if it’s time to clean up!  We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Barron family throughout the construction process and as they become homeowners.

 Meet the Williams Family

If you know Shermon Williams, you know someone whose joy surpasses understanding. People working with Shermon are always quick to point out how positive and hard-working he is. Life hasn’t always been easy for Shermon and his family. He has had his own personal struggles. His wife, Marquetta, has suffered from Lupus since 2006 and has had frequent hospitalizations for complications of her condition. Shermon and his wife have struggled to pay hospital bills and support their three children while living in housing that wasn’t always safe or adequate for their family. Even as things seemed stacked against him, Shermon has kept his faith and positive focus. He would claim that his church is the main reason for this. Shermon has been a member of First Baptist Church in Troy for the last five years. His other passion, sports, led him to the church. Invited by his son’s baseball coach, he fell in love with the church and basically calls the church home now, serving as the janitor and maintenance man.

Troy Pike Habitat for Humanity is so happy to be partnering with the Williams family. They are an inspiration to all of us. It has been a pleasure working with them as they have put in sweat equity on previous houses and their own. We were honored to hand over the keys in June 2016 and hope they are enjoying their new home.