Upcoming Information Sessions

Come to one information session to learn more and receive an application.

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:00 pm – Hansen Hall, St. John’s Episcopal 170 N. Glenwood St.
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:00 pm – Hansen Hall, St. John’s Episcopal 170 N. Glenwood St.
  • Monday, April 9, 2018, 6:00 pm – Jackson Library, 125 Virginian Lane
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00 pm – Jackson Library, 125 Virginian Lane
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00 pm – Hansen Hall, St. John’s Episcopal 170 N. Glenwood St.

 

Featured Story from JH News & Guide 

By Allie Gross, Jackson Hole News & Guide

March 1st, 2018

Teton Habitat for Humanity is opening up applications for the next eight condos at The Grove phase 3 on Scott Lane and Snow King Avenue.

Prospective applicants must first attend a Habitat information session to learn more about the nonprofit’s program. The first of five information sessions is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at Hansen Hall in St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Information will also be available in Spanish.

Habitat executive director Kendra Heimbuck encouraged members of the community to come to the information sessions to learn more about the Grove and Habitat’s program.

“Because we do homes for purchase, a lot of members of our community will quickly rule themselves out and say ‘I can’t afford a house, or I’m not ready for homeownership,'” Heimbuck said, “not realizing that Habitat acts as the lender for our program, so we can really work with people on their affordability for purchasing a home.”

She said Habitat homes require no down payment, just $2,500 toward closing costs, and Habitat can work with different financial situations more flexibly than a conventional lender. The homes are purchased at a 0 percent interest rate for 30 years, and mortgage payments are set at less than 30 percent of a family’s income at the time of applying.

Additionally, the Grove homes are reserved for the county’s lowest income earners making 80 percent or less of area median income for Teton County. That’s equal to or less than $73,150 for a household of four.

Habitat homeowners are expected to put in 500 sweat equity hours towards building their own homes.

More details on qualifying and applying will be available at the information sessions.

“Please come, please learn more, and please don’t assume you’re not ready for owning a home because we might be able to work with you,” Heimbuck said.

The application process includes a review of a household’s finances, employment and current housing situation. Then a homeowner selection committee conducts interviews and a home visit to evaluate candidates based on need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Habitat.

Applications are due May 15. Homeowners for the eight condos will be selected by the end of June, with a projected move-in date of winter 2020.

A townhouse on Hall Street is also open for applications.

Habitat broke ground on the first eight of the 24 planned three-bedroom Grove units at the start of summer 2017. The goal is for families to move into those condos in fall 2018.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063, county@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcounty.