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PROGRAMS

Home ownership, critical home repairs, and aging in place programs to effect positive change in our community and for those that live here.

home
ownership

As active participants in building a better future for themselves and their families, qualified program partners demonstrate willingness, need, and ability to contribute. Please read the following requirements thoroughly before submitting a program inquiry. 

WILLINGNESS

Families must be willing to partner with Habitat. Once selected, families will provide "sweat equity," or volunteer work, during the time their home is being worked on. At a minimum, they must provide 250 hours of service on buildsites, in the ReStore, or other approved volunteer activities. 

NEED

Families must also demonstrate a financial need to qualify. This is calculated as a percentage of the Area Median Income (AMI). Your income should include funds you receive, including social security, disability, and/or child support. SNAP (food stamps) and TANF are not counted as income.  To determine if you are income-qualified, click on the appropriate link below. 

ABILITY

Habitat works on a hand-up not a hand-out model. Potential home buyers must have a steady income in order to pay an affordable mortgage. This is determined by the Area Median Income (AMI). AMI is based on the household income and family size. For example, a single head of household with 2 children is a family of 3. On the other hand, 2 adults with one child is also a family of 3. Finally, AMI is evaluated by where the home will be located.

critical 
home repairs

Families must demonstrate a financial need to qualify. This is calculated as a percentage of the Area Median Income (AMI). To determine if you are income-qualified (income can be no higher than 60% AMI), compare your regularly occurring gross annual income to the links above based on your location. Your income should include funds you receive including social security, disability, and/or child support. SNAP (food stamps) and TANF are not counted as income.

WILLINGNESS

One of Habitat’s founding principles is based on the homeowner demonstrating a willingness to partner, most commonly in the form of “sweat equity.”  For our program, we realize that physical sweat equity is not always practical for the demographic we serve for repairs, so instead we ask for other partnership opportunities:

  • Responsiveness to communication from BRHFH or subcontractors

  • Presence at all BRHFH or subcontractor meetings, assessments, or work at the home

  • Promotion of a pleasant work environment

  • Offer of assistance, restroom facilities, or water to those working on the project

NEED

Qualified applicants must:

  • Own and occupy the home located within Clarke, Frederick, or Shenandoah Counties

  • Need a home repair that they are unable to acquire through their own means

  • Have total household income less than 60% of the median income for Clarke, Frederick, and Shenandoah Counties of like size

  • Be current on mortgage payments (if applicable) and property taxes

  • Demonstrate willingness to partner with Habitat

  • Demonstrate ability to pay based on sliding scale

  • Understand many repairs are completed by BRHFH’s dedicated volunteers

  • Understand that this is NOT an emergency repair program; the application process and completion of repairs can take an undefined amount of time.

ABILITY

Habitat works on a “hand-up, not a hand-out” model. Therefore, participants are required to pay a portion of costs associated with the project. This payment is not intended to be a burden to the family, but rather to signify a willingness to partner.  Payment is calculated on a sliding scale based on percentage of area median income.

aging
in place

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is offering older adults (62+) the opportunity to apply for critical home repairs or accessibility modifications. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to age with dignity in their own home and community.

The Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity Aging in Place program makes accessibility, safety, energy efficiency and home improvements for seniors living in the City of Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah.

Our goal is to help seniors live in their own homes longer and maintain their independence and quality of life. If you can answer YES to ALL of the following criteria, please contact Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity using the inquiry form. 

  • The homeowner or someone in the household is 62 years of age or older

  • Willing to go through the Aging in Place screening interview with Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity

  • City of Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, or Shenandoah County resident

  • Does not exceed the maximum income limit

  • Able to provide proof of income

  • Own the house and the land where the house is located

  • Current on the mortgage (if applicable) and real estate taxes

  • Have the ability to pay based on a sliding scale (grant/loan funding may be available depending on income and veteran status)

  • Willing to partner with Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity

current construction

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is currently working on 5 homes as part of Norris Village: Phase II in Winchester, Virginia.  The infrastructure work started in January 2022. 

Winchester Home

Mt. Jackson Home 1

This home is a modular house constructed by Triplett Tech CTE students and has been placed on Shenandoah Street in Mt. Jackson.  Video and marketing photos sponsored by First Bank.

Mt. Jackson Home 2

Triplett Tech students are working to complete a "stick-built" home in Mt. Jackson as part of their CTE training.  Video and marketing photos sponsored by First Bank.

VIRTUAL TOURS OF COMPLETED HOMES

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MAP OF COMPLETED 

HOMES

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