Q: What is Habitat for Humanity of Berks County?
A: Habitat for Humanity of Berks County is a nonprofit organization focused on providing moderate income families with a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.
Q: What are the criteria for becoming a Habitat Berks homeowner?
A: Review the guidelines here.
Q: What happens when I’m picked for the Habitat program?
A: You will be notified by both phone and letter and asked to schedule an orientation session with the Director of Family Services.
Q: When can I start my sweat equity hours?
A: You may begin your 300 sweat equity hours as soon as you are notified that you’ve been accepted into the program. Call our office and let us know what days you can work.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: The entire process from application to house dedication typically takes between 18 and 24 months, but much of the timing depends on how quickly the homeowner completes their sweat equity hours.
Q: How much do the houses cost?
A: Habitat Berks homes have low interest, 20-30 year mortgages. Mortgage payments vary depending on the size of the house and will also be affected by the cost of real estate taxes and homeowners insurance. With rare exception, we are able to place our homeowners into homes that cost less than or equal to the amount they are paying in rent.
Q: Who can volunteer with Habitat Berks?
A: Habitat Berks welcomes individuals and groups to work on our construction sites, at our ReStore, or in the office. You must be at least 18 to volunteer on a construction site. We welcome individuals as young as 16 to volunteer at our restore. For more information click here.
Q: What is the Habitat Berks ReStore?
A: The Habitat Berks ReStore is a retail store that relies on the donations of house-related items that are than used for resale. For a full listing of items that the Berks ReStore accepts, please click here. The profits from the ReStore are used to help fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity of Berks County projects.