Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is a non-profit organization that helps build communities of new energy-efficient homes, with affordable financing. We are currently working on a 3-home community in Freeport, Maine. Once that project is complete, we will move on to an 8-home community in South Portland ME. The homes are sold with affordable monthly payments for Habitat families by means of subsidized financing. In addition, families volunteer 275 hours of sweat-equity to help build their own home, as well as the homes of other Habitat families.

Habitat candidates and home buyers must understand and be committed to:

  • Going through a detailed screening process
  • Fulfilling significant partnership obligations
  • Buying an affordable home with fewer options for its features and location

All families go through an extensive screening process that determines eligibility based on three basic criteria:

  • Need of decent, stable and affordable housing
  • Willing to collaborate to build their home
  • Demonstrate the ability to pay by meeting our financial requirements

We believe that buyer readiness is a key component of successful homeownership, which is why we require all of our families to participate in pre-and post-closing classes at the Avesta Homeownership Center. Topics include understanding credit, obtaining a mortgage and loans, shopping for a home, closing assistance and how to maintain a home. In addition, they receive one-on-one counseling and access to home maintenance workshops.

In order to ensure long term affordability for the homeowner and with regard to creating a healthier community for all of our neighbors, we build our homes at no less than Energy Star standards. Our homes are well-built, easy to maintain and save homeowners hundreds of dollars each year on utility costs.

Families must have a minimum income of $30,000 and a maximum income based on family size. For more detailed information, please see our qualifying guidelines page.

Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Max. Income $55,950 $63,950 $71,950 $79,900 $86,300 $92,700 $99,100

Anyone interested in homeownership opportunities in South Portland will need to attend an information session, which should take place in the winter of 2021. For more information, email homeownership@habitatme.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or familial status.