As real estate agents we are regulated about not answering questions on whether a neighborhood is safe and good place for kids. One of the forms you sign when working with an agent is called Agency and on the form is information about how you can find out answers to questions like this. Dig and do a little research on your own such as calling your local Sheriffs Dept. Good luck!
If you qualifiy for a Habitat home there is no reason for you not to try ownership. You only have to make sure you follow their regulations agreements. Low interest rates, discounted prices, and dedication to home home ownership are all good reasons to buy.