Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Habitat homeowner. We believe that everyone should have a safe, affordable place to call home.

Families may find themselves in need of decent shelter due to a variety of circumstances — unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded living conditions, damaged or dilapidated structures, unsafe neighborhoods, or lack of access to land and affordable financing.

When families partner with Habitat, they start down a new path — one with far fewer barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.

Habitat homeowners play a hands-on role in the homeownership process, beginning with the sweat equity hours they perform. To fulfill sweat equity hours, they work alongside volunteers to help build and renovate the places they will call home. Some also work toward this requirement by putting in time at one of the local Habitat ReStores, while others may serve on committees or help out at the Habitat Chicago South Suburbs office. Future homeowners are also required to attend financial education and budget-planning classes.

Program Qualification Criteria
  1. Need for housing. Current home is overcrowded, unsafe, too expensive, etc.
  2. Ability to pay. Stable work history, manageable debt load, absence of liens.
  3. Willingness to partner. Prospective homeowners must INVEST a minimum of 250 hours of “sweat equity” for each applicant and co-applicant.
  4. Live or work in the Chicago South Suburbs.
  5. Meet income guidelines.
Income Guidelines Chart
  Minimum Income  
30% of MFI
  Maximum Income 
60% of MFI
1 $19,600 $39,200
2 $22,400 $44,800
3 $25,200 $50,400
4 $27,950 $55,900
5 $31,040 $62,080
6 $35,580 $71,160
7 $40,120 $80,240
8+ $44,660 $89,320

Are you ready to start building the foundation for you family's healthy future? Get started with the application process by registering for an upcoming Homeownership Information Session.

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For more information, please contact:

For further information call Jill Sobie: (708) 756-2015 ext. 315 or 
email: jsobie@gohabitat.org