Our Programs

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley offers partner families the opportunity to purchase their own home and programs to preserve home ownership to families who need assistance in maintaining their property.

Programs: Homeownership

Homeownership

Programs: Critical Home Repair

Critical Home Repair

Programs: Aging In Place

Aging In Place

Programs: A Brush With Kindness

A Brush With Kindness

All three of these programs have income guidelines, a modest fee, and require homeowner participation.

To learn more about these programs and to see how to qualify, follow the links on this page.

Home Ownership

THE CURRENT APPLICATION CYCLE IS CLOSED. Please check back periodically to see when we will be accepting new applications. 

Habitat builds and renovates houses in partnership with qualifying families, using as much donated material and labor as possible. Homes are sold at fair market value and financed with no-interest loans, making the monthly payments affordable.

Like every Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Northern Fox Valley selects its homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of housing need
  • Their willingness to become partners in the program
  • Their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest loan

Employment history, credit history, and ability to make the monthly mortgage payments are also considered. Neither race nor religion is a factor in selecting families.

Our affiliate builds homes in portions of Cook, Kane, and McHenry Counties.

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Loans are offered through Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, a nonprofit Illinois Residential Mortgage licensee (#MB6761323) and an Equal Opportunity Housing lender.

Critical Home Repair

The Critical Home Repair (CHR) program offers home repairs and improvements necessary for restoring and maintaining safe living conditions.  This program is applicable for seniors, those with a disability, or families in difficult circumstances that struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes.  Projects include interior or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations.  Volunteer teams, along with subcontractors, work under the direction of Habitat staff to complete the repairs.

To get started: Are you interested in participating in a Critical Home Repair project and would like more details on eligibility requirements?

DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW AND APPLICATION

Questions? Please contact our Home Preservation Coordinator, Jim Zei, at  847-836-1432, ext. 108 or emailing james.zei@habitatnfv.org.

Aging In Place

The Aging In Place (AIP) program makes safety and functional home modifications and renovations to meet the needs of low-income  homeowners ages 65+.  Repairs and renovations include the installation of accessibility ramps, walk-in showers, handrails as well as upgraded lighting, levered door handles, wider door openings and the elimination of trip hazards. These modifications allow seniors to enter, exit and live in their homes more safely and independently.

To get started: Are you interested in participating in Aging In Place and would like more details on eligibility requirements?

DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW AND APPLICATION

Questions? Please contact our Home Preservation Coordinator, Jim Zei, at 847-836-1432, ext. 108 or james.zei@habitatnfv.org.

A Brush with Kindness

A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) Program offers exterior home maintenance assistance for low-income families, elderly, and individuals with disabilities who are struggling to do the maintenance themselves.  The scope of projects through this program is limited to exterior painting and yard cleanup. We identify ABWK candidates through our application process, affiliation referrals and code violations.

Once an application is approved, we assemble and coordinate a team of 5-10 volunteers depending on the size of the project. This program not only helps homeowners, but neighborhoods become revitalized and energized.

To get started: Are you interested in participating in a Brush With Kindness project and would like more details on eligibility requirements?

DOWNLOAD OVERVIEW & APPLICATION

Volunteers: ABWK is a great volunteer activity and we are extremely grateful for the volunteers that donate their time and efforts.  For information on how to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Courtney Bronec, at 847-836-1432 or courtney.bronec@habitatnfv.org.

Questions? Please contact our Home Preservation Coordinator, Jim Zei, at  847-836-1432, ext. 108 or emailing james.zei@habitatnfv.org.