Lease-to-Own Homeownership Program
*HOME Program now available in Fairmont*
New homes are being developed in Marion and Monongalia Counties.
Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority Homeownership Program was established in 1994 to meet the Marion and Monongalia Counties needs for affordable housing for low to moderate income families. The Lease-To-Own Homeownership Program is a lease to purchase arrangement that provides an opportunity for families to own their own home within a 12 month period. Families enter into a lease from a property owned by the Housing Authority. Within 9 months, the family becomes mortgage ready and enters into a permanent mortgage. Families rent calculation is based on 22% of their adjusted annual income. Each month 40% of monthly rent amount is placed in an escrow account to assist family with saving for down payment. A silent second mortgage is available to make the home affordable.
How Do I Qualify?
Families must meet the following requirements:
- Be a First time Homebuyer or live in substandard owner-occupied residence.
- Family income must fall between 65-80% of area median income.
- Have steady employment record or constant source of income.
- Have responsible or repairable credit.
- Have responsible rental history.
- Have no criminal record.
- Have willingness to participate in Housing Counseling and Home Buyer Education.
- Applicants' mail in completed pre-application and a credit report fee.
- Applicants are placed on a waiting list.
- Pre-applications are screened in the order of receipt.
- Next, the initial eligibility requirements are screened.
- If initial thresholds are met, a credit report is obtained then the applicant's family is interviewed.
- Detailed eligibility criteria are verified, references are checked, and a criminal background check is completed.
- Home visit is completed and an Individual Homeownership Plan is developed.
- A committee interview is completed.
- Finally, after a walk through inspection is completed your family moves in.
How do I apply?
Call 304-363-0860 ext. 105 or 304-291-1660 or 1-800-637-7464.
*Income Limits: Gross annual income must fall between 65% to 80% of the area median income based on how may members are in your household.