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What is Sweat Equity?

Sweat equity is the time participants invest in earning the right to purchase their own homes. Following approval of the selection committee the prospective homeowner must complete the required number of sweat equity hours before being able to purchase their home.

Hours Required

For new construction up to 400 hours may be required. For rehabilitated houses, up to 200 hours may be required. Habitat applicants attend homebuyer classes, work at the restore, jobsite, events, etc until they reach their goal.

Please Note: applicants are prohibited from soliciting current, unrelated volunteers to donate their hours. if a applicant cannot obtain donated hours, the applicant is responsible for the total sweat equity hours. if you violate this rule you may be removed from the program.


Earning Hours

Jobsite Sweat Equity hours

Homeowner’s (the adult applicant’s) are required to do at least 80% of their sweat equity hours at the jobsite. No one under 16 is allowed on the construction site without prior approval (occasionally exceptions may be allowed when active construction is not going on).

Homebuyer Classes

Applicants are required to attend homebuyer classes and will receive sweat equity hours for every adult from their household attending homebuyer classes. Please do not bring small children to homebuyer classes.

Additional ways to gain Sweat Equity:

  • Work in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Work in the Habitat Office
  • Active Participation (working) at other Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco activities, meetings, groundbreakings, dedications, fundraisers, recycling program, etc.

Please contact the director of volunteer services for assistance at or 352-567-1444.

Reasons a Sweat Equity policy:

Sweat equity is not a simple programmatic requirement. Rather, sweat equity is an exciting cornerstone to the Habitat ministry, designed to meet important objectives: partnership, pride in homeownership, and development of skills and knowledge. Applicants learn about the construction and maintenance issues they will face after occupancy. We would like applicants to experience the pride of homeownership and accomplishment of their goals. We hope that the hours spent working on sweat equity will be both enjoyable and rewarding and that the partnership we form will continue long after the homebuyer moves in.

Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco County prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin.

Our organization provides equality of services and care to everyone, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.