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Creating affordable homeownership opportunities

A newly completed home in Manchester Center, 2023

Affordable Housing

Or, as we like to call it, affordable homeownership. 

Our program goes beyond building homes; it’s about empowering individuals and fostering a sense of pride. Not only does a family gain an affordable home, they also gain life experience, and practical skills that come with working on the construction site. 

Each adult in the program is required to do 200 hours of what we call “sweat equity”. This includes things like homeowner education, community involvement, and most importantly, 100 hours served on a construction site with us. This connects our partner families to the home in a way that conventional home buying never could. 

What Are Our Homes Like?


     We build respectable houses that are nice, without being extravagant. This translates into homes that are modest, but high quality, allowing us to keep the costs transferred to the homeowner as low as possible. 


     Our houses are held to very high standards to conform with the requirements of certain grants. This means that in many aspects, the houses we build are more energy efficient than traditionally built houses. Our homeowners will usually see a decrease in their utility bills, thanks to the processes and techniques we use, such as high efficiency heat pump systems, and superior insulation installation. 


     Our new construction houses are just that, brand new. This means there is no asbestos, lead paint, knob and tube wiring, etc. On top of that, we offer a one year warranty on every house we build.


     As pointed out in the “decent” section above, we build with costs in mind, since costs translate to mortgage expenses. This does not mean using low quality materials, but rather fostering relationships with local business to get the best price we can. In addition to smart spending, we also work very hard to acquire grants for our partner families to help subsidize the mortgage, to be sure that it will not exceed 30% of their household’s monthly income, which is the legal definition of affordable housing.

Volunteers from Kaman Composites of Vermont erected the exterior walls of this home in Manchester

How Does it Work?

  • Families partner with Habitat based on income, need, and willingness to help.
  • We use volunteer labor and donated or discounted material (when available) to keep costs low.
  • Family partners complete their sweat equity, and help build the home.
  • Over the course of 10-18 months, the home is built.

Interested in Applying?

Please click the link below for more information, program requirements, and to request an application.

A new partner family breaks ground at the site of their future home in Bennington

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