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Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is a partnership of individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and families of low resources. It is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a not-for-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry committed to eliminating substandard housing throughout the world. CVHFH is financed through private donation and utilizes volunteer labor.

Habitat is a helping hand, not a hand out. The only thing given away is opportunity. To keep homes affordable we use as much volunteer labor and discounted or donated materials as possible. A rehabilitated or new unit is then sold at no interest to a family whose annual income does not allow them conventional financing, but who can afford to buy and maintain their own home if the price and terms are right.

  1. A need for improved housing must exist. This evaluation includes condition of the applicant's current residence involving safety, space issues and / or affordability. Applicant must also be a resident of our service area for a minimum of one year.

  2. There must be sufficient stable, verifiable household income in order to make monthly payments on principal and to a tax/insurance escrow account, as well as a maintenance savings account. Buyers must be credit-worthy and not have any outstanding judgments that could hinder the closing. Stable length of employment means a minimum of one year in applicant’s current job location.

  3. Applicant must demonstrate a willingness to partner. Partnership activity begins after approval of the application by the local Board of Directors. Partnership means that the approved applicant will attend a series of classes ranging in topic from managing a monthly budget to maintaining a new home. In addition, buyers must complete 300-400 hours of “sweat equity.”

  4. Applicant must attend an orientation meeting.  The Family Selection Committee will only accept applications from individuals and families who have attended an orientation. Orientations will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the CVHFH office at 350 6th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids. Please enter through the 308 6th Avenue entrance.

  Complete the application and return in person or by mail to the CVHFH office.
A $5 non-refundable application fee is required to process the application.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity will no longer accept homeowner applications without the applicant attending an application meeting. Application meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Attendance at one session is required. Program qualifications and guidelines will be discussed at this meeting. 350 6th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.  Please enter through the 308 6th Ave entrance.

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Required Application Forms

Home Buyer Application
Complete and return in person or by mail to the CVHFH office.
Home Buyer Application Addendum
Complete and return in person or by mail to the CVHFH office.
Privacy Notice
Complete and return in person or by mail to the CVHFH office.
Authorization for Release of Information
Complete and return in person or by mail to the CVHFH office.

Notice: The federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age; because all or part of the applicant's income derives from any public assistance program; or because the applicant has exercised in good faith any right under the Consumer Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 30580

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, or sources of income.

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