The NRI program follows the same principles as Habitat for Humanity's new home construction. Families are selected based on the following criteria:
Veteran or Tillicum Resident
At this time, the NRI service area for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is exclusive to military veterans (anywhere in Pierce County) or residents of Tillicum.
The person applying for NRI assistance must own the home on which the repairs will be done.
In addition to owning the home in need of repair, the family applying for NRI assistance must be living in substandard conditions (i.e., unsafe or overcrowded housing where the repairs are needed to make the structure safe, decent, and affordable).
Willingness to Partner
The family must commit to working a specified number of sweat-equity hours (minimum of 8, total not to exceed 100). If the homeowner is not capable of completing the hours on their own, up to 100% can be donated by friends and family. Following are some ways sweat-equity hours may be completed:
- Helping with the repair process
- Greeting and orienting volunteers
- Acting as a site host
- Providing refreshments to volunteers
- Cleaning up the project site
- Staging/preparing the house for the workday
- Working on other construction sites
- Volunteering in the Habitat for Humanity Store
- Other tasks (as approved)
Ability to Pay
The family must earn 30-80% of Pierce County's median income according to family size. The debt-to-income ratio should be below 43% before the cost of repairs is established. Monthly payments are made affordable by a no-interest, no-profit loan.