How to Apply

Step 1: Complete an Application and return it (along with copies of all required documents) by the deadline printed on the application

Download an application here. After completing it and attaching copies of the requested documents, mail it to us or drop it off at our office. If you aren’t able to download and print the application, you may pick one up at our office lobby which is open 24 hours a day, or contact the office at 320-656-8890 or ebitzan@cmhfh.org to request one.

Step 2: Staff Review of Applications

After receiving the application, staff will review them and send a written status update within 30 days.

Step 3: Application Meeting

If the applicant appears to qualify for Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership Program, they will be invited to attend a meeting to review their application, ensure they understand the program requirements, and provide additional information and forms as needed.

Step 4: Review by Homeowner Selection Committee and Home Visit

Applications are reviewed by a volunteer committee called the Homeowner Selection Committee; this committee decides if an applicant will be invited to proceed to a Home Visit. The purpose of a home visit is to assess and verify the current living situation of the applicant.

Step 5: Final Review by Staff and Homeowner Selection Committee

Applications and home interviews are given a final review by staff and committee; they make recommendation to the Board of Directors regarding approval of the applicants. The confidentiality of application information is maintained. Applications are kept locked at all times, and only those who need to see the application are allowed to view it.

Step 6: Board approval

The Board of Directors reviews staff and committee recommendations and gives approval to begin partnership with the recommended applicants. At this time, a letter is sent out to notify the applicant of the decision.

If accepted…

Step 7: Pre-Partnership Discussions

If the applicant has been accepted to be a homeowner, discussions begin with Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. In these discussions, Habitat will ensure that the applicant knows the responsibilities for families that partner with Habitat and to better determine the particular needs for the applicant and/or the applicant’s family.

Step 8: Partnership Agreement is signed

The applicant and Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity sign a partnership agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both in the partnership. At this point in time, the partnership phase begins.