Step 1 - Review
Review the Qualifications and determine if you meet all of them.
Step 2 - Pre-application
If you meet all of the program’s qualifications, then submit an online pre-application to the Volunteer Network. Alternatively, you may submit a hardcopy pre-application at the Volunteer Network administrative office in Chicago, Illinois. The pre-application will place you on our email list for an invitation to the next Orientation. Please remember to include an active email address in the pre-application.
Step 3 - Orientation
You will receive an invitation to the next orientation where you will receive detailed information about the Volunteer Network and the homeownership program. You will have the opportunity to have your questions answered by Volunteer Network staff and volunteers. If you are ready to apply, you will be provided an application to complete and return with the necessary documentation.
Step 4 - File Review
The Family Selection Committee will meet to review the application, credit report, and criminal background check to determine eligibility.
Step 5 - Home Visit
The Family Selection Committee will visit the homes of those families whose applications passed the file review to validate whether or not the family has a current housing need.
Step 6 - Approval
If the home visit validates the need for housing, the family is approved and invited to the New Prospective Homeowner Orientation. After the Orientation, the family may begin completing their required sweat equity hours.