Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Seeks Families for New Homes in Scarborough
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, a non-profit organization that builds communities of new energy efficient homes sold with affordable financing, is seeking families for new homes in Scarborough. Selected families will be able to purchase a brand new house in Habitat’s 13-home community in Scarborough, Carpenter Court.
“We are excited to offer the opportunity of home ownership to deserving Maine families,” said Molly Brake Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Director of Family Services. “Our beautiful houses in a thriving community in Scarborough are a great place to raise a family and put down roots.”
The selection of families will be based on three criteria: housing need, ability to afford home ownership, and willingness to and evidence of ability to collaborate. A qualifying household must have a minimum annual gross income of a least $30,000, and a maximum income of 80% of the greater Portland Metro Median Family Income ($65,700 for a family of four). The monthly housing payments, including mortgage payments and property taxes, for a family earning $40,000 would be approximately $1,000. Families will contribute a number of hours of “sweat equity” as volunteers on building their own or other homes, and in the local community.