Habitat works in partnership with families in your community to build and/or repair decent and affordable homes. Donors offer materials and financial support, volunteers provide free labour and families pay an affordable, no-profit mortgage.
Please download the application form and call our office at 675-1222 / 674-5977 / 225-8375 / 225-8403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on our application process.
Let us see how we can start you and your family on the road to safety, strength and stability!
Habitat houses follow three guiding principles:
Simple - Habitat houses are modestly-sized - large enough for your family's needs but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs down.
Decent - Habitat uses quality building materials. Trained staff supervise house construction and educate volunteers and homeowners.
Affordable - Our volunteers' and partner families' labour, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit, no-interest loans make owning your home a reality.
- Own land, or have permission to build from a landlord.
- Have a total household income of $1,000 - $8,000 TT per month (USD 166-1,333).
- Contribute 300 hours of “sweat equity” towards the building of their house and other Habitat community projects. This means each family contributes labour to the construction of their own home (the sweat equity requirement can be waived in the case of differently-abled persons).
- Be able to make monthly mortgage payments on a no-profit loan tailored for your family. At Habitat, projects can be partially funded by donations or grants, but homeowners are proud to pay for the bulk of their homes or repairs with these no-profit mortgages.
- A one-bedroom Habitat house measures 21' x 21'
- A two-bedroom Habitat house measures 21' x 27' or 24' x 24'
- A three-bedroom Habitat house measures 21' x 31' 4" or 24' x 32'
- Repair or replace your roof
- Add a bathroom or sanitation block
- Complete a home that is currently under construction
- Provide materials-only, if you can complete your own construction
- Property Deed or Rental Agreement
- Land Tax Receipt
- Legal Authorization Letter from Landlord
- Utility Receipts – WASA, TSTT, T&TEC
- Birth Certificates of all family members
- Job Letter / Evidence of income (pay slip etc.) or sworn Affidavit from self-employed applicants
- Guarantor’s Letter & Job Letter
- Identification Card of all household members
- Estimate – for Renovation and Completion Only
- Collateral – Household Items, Car, Insurance Policies
- Cadastral Sheet