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Habitat changes income qualifications

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity is revising the income amounts needed to qualify for home ownership.

This change opens up the opportunity to many new families that previously did not have enough income to qualify for home ownership through West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.

To see the new income requirements, visit westtualityhabitat.org/how-to-apply.

West Tuality is now using third party financing options such as the USDA 502 Direct program to assist in having the ability to fund more houses. The 502 program helps low income families achieve their home ownership dream by helping them purchase homes in rural areas. All applicants into the West Tuality Habitat program will need to apply to the USDA 502 Direct program.

West Tuality Habitat is currently looking for new families interested in affordable home ownership opportunities for 2016-2018 for two 3-bedroom houses located in Forest Grove and is accepting applications until 5 p.m. Aug. 12.

Criteria for selection include need, ability to pay and a willingness to partner with Habitat. Families must meet income requirements (now 35 to 60 percent of the average median income for the Portland area) and have the ability to provide “sweat equity” if selected.

Contact the Habitat office at 503-359-8459 for more information.