Trinity Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance. Together with our supporters, we empower hardworking families to transform their lives and neighborhoods. Trinity Habitat builds new homes, externally repairs existing homes and offers homeownership education classes and counseling services in partnership with qualified low-income families in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties.
Build A Home
The need for safe and affordable housing for low-income families in Trinity Habitat's service area is overwhelming. We build homes in partnership with low-income families who earn between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Trinity Habitat families average three to four persons and earn $27,239 annually, placing them at 43% of the AMI.
Having a safe and suitable place to live can bring stability and promise, family unity, hope and a foundation from which individuals can reach their full potential. Tangible evidence shows that the Habitat program makes a difference for this generation and the next. Studies show that children of homeowners read and behave better as families rise above the poverty level. Their social skills improve and their social life becomes more normal. They are less likely to be on welfare as young adults and more likely to attend college.
Trinity Habitat provides a hand up, not a handout. Our partner families invest 250 hours of "sweat equity" on their homes and other Habitat projects, including 25 hours of Homebuyers College. In these classes, partner families learn about budgeting, legal issues, safety and security, financial stability, and how to care for their home, yard, neighborhood and city, among other homebuyer education topics.
Typical homes are about 1,150 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a one-car garage. Homes are built with high quality, sustainable materials to reduce future maintenance costs for families and are built to Energy Star® 3.0 standards for energy efficiency. Trinity Habitat is the sole lender for all mortgages, and funds are loaned at zero interest for 20 to 30 years. The average monthly mortgage payment is $450, including homeowner's insurance and property taxes.
To learn how you can help sponsor a Build A Home project, please click here for more information.
Preserve a Home
Our Preserve A Home program is our response to an overwhelming need in urban neighborhoods to help low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain and care for the exterior of their homes. These homes have fallen into disrepair, often into code citations, loss of homeowner insurance, loss of equity, and ultimately could face mortgage foreclosure. Qualifying homeowners earning 60% of Area Median Income or less work alongside sponsor and community volunteers and our construction staff to rehab their homes' exteriors, when they are physically able to do so. Preserve A Home projects include exterior rehabs and Cowtown Brush-Up projects in partnership with the City of Fort Worth. Trinity Habitat currently conducts exterior rehabs (based on scope of work needed) for qualified partner families who live in Hillside Morningside, Carver Heights East and Como as a part of our focused and holistic neighborhood revitalization initiative in Fort Worth.
Before and after photos of one of our Preserve A Home projects are shown below.
To learn how you can help sponsor a Preserve A Home project, please click here for more information.
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