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Sisters Habitat changes income guidelines

Sisters Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for homeownership. At its meeting last Tuesday evening, the Habitat Board of Directors voted to increase the salary threshold to 80 percent of area median income for Deschutes County. The previous salary threshold was 60 percent.

Under the new schedule, a family of three with an income between $28,350 and $64,800 may qualify to purchase a Habitat home. Income ranges vary depending on the size of the family.

Sisters Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing affordable, energy efficient housing for individuals and families who live or work within the Sisters School District boundaries.

To date, Sisters Habitat has sold affordable homes to 76 families. Mortgage payments for homes recently sold average $800 per month (including property taxes and insurance). Homes are sold at no profit to partner families and financed with zero-interest mortgages.

Sisters Habitat for Humanity’s criteria for selection of home buyers is based on the family’s need for adequate shelter, the ability to pay for the home, and the willingness to partner with Habitat. Home buyers are required to invest 500 “sweat equity” labor hours prior to occupying their home. All homes are built by volunteers working under the supervision of a professional construction manager.

A complete qualification guide can be found at

housing-programs or picked up at the Habitat office at 382 E. Hood Ave. For more information call Kristina at 541-549-1193 or email [email protected]


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