Strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Topeka Habitat homeowner. We believe everyone should have a safe, affordable place to call home.
To carry out our vision, we partner with individuals and families from application through construction, to the affordable mortgaging of the property to the new owner(s).
By working with us from beginning to end, we can help prospective individuals prepare for the various responsibilities of homeownership, including learning about personal finances, mortgages, maintenance and upkeep of homes, and much more.
Topeka Habitat’s path to home ownership is an important and in-depth process requiring hard work, time and dedication. But this helps ensure the long-term success of Topeka Habitat homeowners.
Who qualifies as a Topeka Habitat homeowner?
Potential homeowners must meet these basic qualifications:
Have a proven need for better housing
Have a steady source of revenue that meets income guidelines.
Have a willingness and ability to partner with our home ownership program for a minimum of 300, and up to 1,000, hours of "sweat equity" constructing a home and volunteering with Topeka Habitat for Humanity.
Getting started with the application process.
Homeowner orientation sessions are held once a year. These orientations are not mandatory, but will aid potential applicants in understanding the process. You can sign-up for the next available session by calling (785) 234-4322.
You may also set an appointment with our partners at Housing and Credit Counseling (HCCI). HCCI will review your income and evaluate your finances in a one-on-one meeting and can enroll you in their homeowner classes.
Upon completion of the Topeka Habitat homeowner orientation and HCCI classes, your Topeka Habitat application and supporting documentation will be sent to the Family Selection Committee for consideration.
Family selection is a competitive process based on three criteria: ability to pay, need for safe and affordable housing, and willingness to partner with our organization. Homeowner applications are reviewed by the Family Selection Committee and the selection criteria does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, ability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status or marital status.
Homeowner selections take place once annually, typically during the fall. This is a lengthy process—the time from application to closing on your home can take from 12 to 24 months.
Families who applied in the past but were not selected are invited to apply again.
If you have questions about the process, contact us.
We're here to help and can answer any questions you have about home ownership. Please contact our Family Services Manager, Danielle Kruse-Thoele at (785) 234-4322.