Comite de Bien Estar‘s Mutual Self-Help Housing Program is funded by USDA-Rural Development. The primary goal of the program is to provide assistance to moderate income to low-income families that are unable to secure housing through conventional methods because of their financial situation. The families that participate in the Mutual Self-Help Program are self-motivated and dedicated families. Participating families perform 70 percent of the construction labor by working together and helping each other build their own homes under experienced supervision. In turn, the construction labor performed by the participating families creates a considerable reduction in labor cost, which translates to a substantial amount in mortgage savings. Ultimately, the program provides moderate to low-income families with a viable path towards realizing their dream of owning a home through affordable and reasonable means.
Overview of Comite de Bien Estar’s Self-Help Housing Program
Comite de Bien Estar’s Mutual Self-Help Housing Program gives you the opportunity to build your own house. Working together with other families, you will learn valuable construction skills as you build your own house. There is no construction experience required because our construction supervisor will be there every step of the way. The months that you spend building your home can save you as much as $20,000, and there’s never a payment to make during construction.
You will choose your own house lot and work with other families in the same area to build each other’s homes. You will choose the colors of your siding, roofing, paint, carpet, flooring and cabinets. Your house will be uniquely yours!
No construction experience needed—we will teach you everything you need to know. Some tasks will be completed by professionals but everything else is up to you and the other members of your group. In addition to your new home, you will be gaining valuable skills in budgeting, construction, maintenance and home repair.