Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg will not be accepting applications to the First-Time Homebuyer Program in 2024 due to a lack of affordable land available to build new homes. Go here to read more.

​Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build strength, stability and self reliance through homeownership.

Construction or renovation of each Habitat house is a cooperative effort between volunteers, house sponsors and the buyer(s) of the house. Participating families provide at least 300 hours (called sweat equity) toward building their own and other families’ homes. Homes are purchased with a zero-interest equivalent, 20 to 30-year mortgage. Mortgage payments will be no more than 30% of buyer’s income, and the payments include real estate taxes and homeowner’s insurance.

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Applications are considered if present housing is overcrowded, in poor repair, not affordable or is under a subsidized rental program. Applicant must be a first-time home buyer, meaning the applicant cannot have owned a home within the past three years.

Income Calculator

Applicants must earn gross incomes that fall within the following limits. If you don’t know your gross annual income, use the calculator button below.​

Income Requirements

Total annual gross income (before taxes and deductions), from all family members in the household who will live in the new home, must be within the limits listed below. All employment income, child support, disability, social security, alimony will be counted for the family.

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Minimum Income$28,200$32,240$36,280$40,280$43,520$46,760$49,960$53,200
Maximum Income$56,400$64,450$72,500$80,550$87,000$93,450$99,900$106,350

Credit History

All unpaid collections, charge-offs, judgments and liens must be satisfied.  Loan and credit payments must be paid on time, with no late payments in the last 12 months.  Applicants who have filed for bankruptcy must be at least two years past discharge and have good credit re-established. Moreover, an applicant’s current debt will be taken into consideration to ensure their debt-to-income (DTI) ratio does not exceed 40% when adding in Habitat’s affordable mortgage. To obtain a free copy of your credit report visit

Sweat Equity

Applicants must be willing to partner with Habitat by working 300 hours with the staff and volunteers on various Habitat projects, including helping other families build their home.


Applicants must currently live or work for at least a year in Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York County, Charles City County, or New Kent County.

QUESTIONS? Call Family Services at 757-596-5553 or email

Want to invest in the community?


We help as many families as we can, but the lack of decent and affordable housing remains a critical problem in our area. By donating, you will provide upfront funding for building materials and services that makes interest-free loans to Habitat partner families possible. Habitat partner families help to build their own homes - alongside volunteers - and pay an affordable mortgage. Your monetary donations enable us to continue building strength, stability and independence for future local families.