CHB  self help guidelines Guidelines

We are currently accepting applications for the following neighborhood:

Green Heights in Lafayette, Oregon

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We use the following guidelines to evaluate each application but additional factors may influence your eligibility. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

  • Skills: No construction or carpentry skills are needed. We’ll teach you everything you need to know!
  • Income: Must be less than 80% of the HUD Median Income in the build area. Because many factors determine adjusted annual income, you may be eligible even if your income exceeds the maximum allowable income.
  • Credit History: Credit is reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Employment: Steady and verifiable employment of one year (or six months if it is the same kind of work as your previous job).
  • Assets: Up to $15,000 in assets ($20,000 for seniors), which includes non-retirement investments.
  • Residency: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.
  • Time Commitment: All participating families must contribute 65% of the labor on all of the homes in each group. This equals at least 30 hours per week, for the duration of construction. The head of household must complete 15 of the 30 hours, and the remaining 15 hours can be contributed by friends, family, and volunteers (16 years of age or older). Hours are usually completed on Saturdays and Sundays and construction typically takes 8-11 months. This commitment is very important as all of the homes must be finished and pass inspection before any participating families are allowed to move in.