The Process

Applying for repairs with the Home Preservation Program is a simple process.

  1. You complete and submit the application.
  2. Our team will contact you to discuss your application and take care of any necessary paperwork.
  3. If you qualify for the program, our team or a qualified third-party contractor will schedule an in-person assessment of your repairs.
  4. A member of our team or a qualified third-party contractor will visit your home to assess your repair needs and make recommendations for next steps.
  5. You complete necessary paperwork and sign a homeowner agreement.
  6. We will schedule your repairs either with our team or a qualified third-party contractor.
  7. Our team or a qualified third-party contractor will complete your repairs.
  8. On your own timeline, you repay the deferred, no-interest payment (see below for more info).

Seasonal Pause

Due to holiday interruptions, GDM Habitat for Humanity is pausing the processing of applications. In the meantime, please add your information to our interest list and our team will reach out to you when we resume

Qualifying for the Program

Two key parts of qualifying for the Home Preservation Program are the applicant’s household income and assessed home value. Both requirements must be met in order to qualify. Other qualifications may apply – contact our team at repairs@gdmhabitat.org or apply to learn more.

Income qualifications

Home value qualifications

In order to qualify for the Home Preservation Program, the applicants’ gross household income must be no more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income for the number of people occupying the home. The chart above shows the maximum income for each household size. Seniors and veterans may qualify for a higher income limit.

In order to qualify for the Home Preservation Program, the applicants’ assessed home value must be no more than $225,000. You can find your home’s assessed value by visiting your county assessor’s website (Polk County, Dallas County, Jasper County) and searching for your address.

Rural property in Dallas or Jasper County may be assessed differently. Contact our team at repairs@gdmhabitat.org to learn more.

Let your home pay for its own repairs

Habitat for Humanity’s home preservation program can help you make the repairs your home needs now, making expensive upkeep like a furnace replacement, new windows, roof repair, or accessibility ramp affordable. Our deferred, no-interest payment** uses the growth in your home’s value over time to cover the cost of your repair when you eventually sell your house. Using your home’s equity, you can cover the cost of your repair on your own time, even 20 years later – with no interest and no money out of your pocket.

How we make it happen

Homeownership can provide stability, safety, and comfort, but maintaining a home can also be a challenge. A critical repair like replacing a furnace, installing new windows, or fixing a roof can cost thousands – money you may not have handy. Our home preservation program is designed to help you make the repairs your home needs now, keeping you safe at home.
  • The first $10,000 of repair costs can be covered by a pair of deferred, no-interest payments** – half of the amount is forgivable over 5 years and the remainder is due only when you sell your property.*
  • If your project costs exceed $10,000 and additional funding is available, the amount over $10,000 may be covered by an additional deferred, no-interest payment. We cannot guarantee the availability of this option.
  • Using your home’s equity, you can cover the remaining cost of your repair on your own time, even 20 years later – with no interest and no money out of your pocket.
  • Home equity builds naturally over time as the housing market grows, averaging 3.5% per year in the U.S. That means that a home worth $100,000 today will grow, on average, to a value of more than $140,000 in 10 years. With our deferred, no-interest payment**, you can use that growth in value to cover the cost of your repair when you eventually sell your house.

* For mobile home owners, Habitat covers the first $3,500 of a repair and the homeowner is responsible for the rest. We do not offer a deferred, no-interest payment for mobile homes.
** Our deferred, no-interest payment is made in the form of a lien. This is a financial tool that ties a debt (in this case, the cost of your repair) to collateral (your house). You do not need to pay a Habitat lien until you sell your home. You may pay off your lien at any time using a lump sum payment. We do not accept installment or monthly payments. Habitat’s goal is always to help you maintain homeownership.

To illustrate how our deferred, no-interest payment works, we’ll look at a hypothetical repair that costs a total of $6,000 to complete.

Every repair is different. Our team will work with you to ensure that you understand the costs of your repair.

This chart shows an example of equity growth for a home whose value starts at $100,000 and grows at the average rate. Home equity is not guaranteed to grow and can be impacted by a home’s state of repair.

In this case, the home’s equity grows over 10 years by nearly $40,000. The deferred, no-interest payment stays at a flat, $5,000. If this homeowner sold their home at the end of these 10 years, they would be able to complete their payment and still benefit from nearly $35,000 in equity.

These pie charts show our example of a $6,000 repair. The first pie chart shows Habitat covering the first $1,000 of the repair and the remaining $5,000 being covered with a deferred, no-interest payment. The second pie chart shows Habitat covering the first $1,000 and the remaining cost being covered by a deferred, no-interest payment. The homeowner receives a 40% discount on the remaining amount due by paying off their debt within 30 months, leaving them with just $3,000 of the original $6,000 to cover.

Meet the Home Preservation Program team

Jeff Vieth
Construction Superintendent

Jon Plummer
Intake Coordinator

Becky Lodestein
Intake Associate

Don Burton
Project Manager

Tom Wood
Construction Manager

Chance Mather
Construction Manager

Tal Roth
Construction Manager

Les Stohs
Director of Construction Services

Have questions?

Contact us at info@dallascountyhabitat.org