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Homeowner Resources

Homeowner Resources

Resources, documents and forms for program participants, contractors and volunteers.

Auto Pay Form

Use the auto pay form to sign up or make changes to your mortgage or loan payments each month.
Return the completed form, with signature, to the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity office.

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity
921 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952

Homeowner Education

Habitat’s overall goal is to empower families to become knowledgeable and successful homeowners. As a part of Fox Cities Habitat’s sweat equity component, each partner family completes several required homeowner education classes. These classes are designed to prepare families for financial responsibilities of becoming homeowners, how to best maintain their homes and acclimate into their new neighborhoods.

Classes and workshop are taught by Fox Cities Habitat staff and volunteer facilitators. Please note that total class time may vary depending on language needs and providing interpreters.

Classes opportunities offered online:

Homeowner Construction Basics 101

Construction Basics 101 equips newly approved homebuyers for their first day on a build site. This course is offered multiple times per year, and is a combination of classroom and hands-on learning.

The course covers a broad range of topics:

  • How a typical build day operates
  • Roles people play
  • How their house gets built
  • Hand and power tool usage
  • Safety
  • Terminology
  • Measuring basics

If you have any questions on this training program, contact Construction Supervisor Kevin Gostomski at 920-205-1051 or via email at

Sweat Equity

Sweat equity is the unpaid labor invested by homeowner partners in building their own and other Fox Cities Habitat houses. This has been expanded to include homeowner workshops, community service, working at the Appleton Habitat ReStore and other work that may serve the Affiliate or improve homeowner skills. Sweat equity increases the personal stake of each family member in the home, fosters partnership with Fox Cities Habitat and is a key principle of Habitat in building partnerships across economic, racial and national divisions.

Each Fox Cities Habitat homeowner in our homebuyer program completes a minimum of 200-400 hours of sweat equity prior to purchasing and moving into their Habitat home. Families with one parent or adult are required to have a minimum of 200 hours of sweat equity. Families with two or more adults are required to complete 400 hours of sweat equity.

Sweat Equity Tracking
Sweat Equity Definitions
Sweat Equity FAQs
Sweat Equity Summary Cheat Sheet

Volunteer Training Courses

Senior Crew Volunteers Training

Each Senior Crew course has detailed training plans, goals, tools, materials, quality points and more to ensure a complete learning opportunity. The 101, 201, and 301 level courses are generally held during February/March of each year at our Education Center and Warehouse. All 201 and 301 courses are held at our Warehouse for hands-on training on a 10′ x 16′ model house where trainees can install interior doors, windows, siding, soffit, insulation and sheetrock.

General Volunteers Training

For those that are not part of our Senior Crew, we offer on-site training every build day for all experience levels. The only requirement is the desire to learn and help our Habitat families build their future. Learn more about volunteering.