Partner Families

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) builds modest homes  in Somerset & Hunterdon Counties for eligible low-income families. To become a Habitat homeowner, a family must be in need of affordable housing, able to make monthly mortgage, tax and insurance payments, and willing to work as a partner with Habitat.

Our Partner Families have a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances. The process of becoming a RVHFH homeowner begins by attending an applicant orientation session. These sessions are held before construction of a new Habitat house begins.

Each applicant orientation session provides information about the Habitat mission, the particular building project, the home building and ownership process and the financial responsibilities associated with being a homeowner and good neighbor in the community.

We use the word Partner Family to focus attention on the expectation of involvement by the selected family. A Partner Family is expected to contribute many hours working side by side with Habitat volunteers in construction of their home as part of their “sweat equity” requirement. Often a Partner Family will contribute to fundraising efforts of the organization.

Becoming a Partner Family means meeting certain criteria for need, income and willingness to partner. It means attending orientation sessions, participating in construction and developing homeownership and good neighbor skills.

How can you get your name in the Applicant Database?
After reading the information on the following pages (Criteria, Process and Resources) send us an email with your name, address and phone number telling us that you would like to be in our applicant database. We will send you a notice when we are next looking for homeowners. It will tell you when the next “Applicant Orientation Sessions” will be held. You must attend one of these sessions to get an application. Send your email to :