On Friday, July 8th, the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity invited six families to the Algur H. Meadows Education building behind their main office on Lake Street in Bryan under the guise that they had some additional paperwork to complete in their applications to partner with the BCS Habitat affiliate to become homeowners. Little did they know, they were about to get some exciting news for their families and their futures. Check out the video here.
As the families gathered and took their seats, Director of Family Services, Jennifer Cruz, made the announcement that they had been accepted in the BCS Habitat for Humanity partner family program. Surrounding BCS Habitat and BCS Habitat ReStore staff clapped and welcomed the families to the program, distributing traditional acceptance gifts, a calculator and a hammer, as well as a certificate of acceptance. The calculator symbolizes the families’ start of the financial understanding of the program through their workshop classes on budgeting and homeownership. The hammer represents the work the families will put towards their new homes and helping others as they begin their sweat equity hours.
The impact the BCS Habitat has on the families is apparent with this group of new partner families; four of the six families have relatives who are current Habitat homeowners. We are excited to have all six families partner with the Bryan/College Station Habitat and look forward to sharing more with you about their stories and how they are working towards homeownership through the Habitat partner family program.
To qualify as a partner family, families must meet three criteria:
- A need – partner families fall between 35-68% of the area’s average median family income and are in homes that are inadequate due to disrepair or overcrowding.
- An ability to pay – families do not receive free homes. Habitat homes are sold to families at cost and families must have good credit and have the ability to pay their mortgages.
- The willingness to partner – partner families complete 500 sweat equity hours including assisting with the construction of their home and other families, assisting in the office, and the ReStore. They also attend 12 classes on topics such as budgeting, home maintenance, and fire safety.
If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a Habitat Homeowner, mark your calendars for our next informational meetings:
Friday, September 2nd – 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 3rd, – 9 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Friday, September 2nd – 7 p.m.