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An Accessible Home and a Lifetime of Stability | Shamsa’s Story

Shamsa and her family escaped their home in Syria when the Civil War broke out in 2016, and with the aid of the International Organization for Migration, they found refuge in America. For the next five years, Shamsa and her husband, Mohammed, raised their three elementary school-aged children, Aleen, Jameel, and Yazan, in their two-bedroom, […]

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Second Generation Habitat Homeowner | James’ story 

James remembers fondly his youth in Florida, his neighborhood and friendships — a childhood he would like for his future children. He grew up in a Habitat home, and someday his kids may grow up in a Habitat home, too. The home is nearly complete, one of 31 underway at Habitat’s Cherry Blossom community in […]

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Cully’s Revolutionary Urban Renewal Plan Cleared For Action 

For more than a decade, the city has recognized the fragile diversity and affordability of Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. With a unanimous vote on Wednesday, city officials took a major step forward in preserving that diversity with a plan one commissioner called a “legacy project.”  The Portland City Council’s decision this week created a new Cully […]

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Preservation, Not Displacement, The Focus of a New Kind of Urban Renewal 

Portland City Council is poised to make a groundbreaking decision that could help one neighborhood fortify itself against the forces of gentrification.   On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the City Council will hear a proposal to create a Tax Increment Finance, or TIF District in the Cully Neighborhood, one of the city’s most culturally and ethnically diverse […]

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Volunteer with Women Build | Wanda’s Story

“I was filled with hope that these houses are being built.”  Wanda McNealy calls herself “Portland passionate,” and she’s committed to helping the city she loves grow even stronger. She recently spent her first day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland Region, helping build and move fencing for the Cherry Blossom community in the Mill […]

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Native Landscaping Adds Beauty to New Habitat Homes

This fall, two Habitat communities — Alder Commons in Hillsboro and Denney Gardens in Beaverton— are focusing on native species in their landscaping plans. “Portland has been in the forefront of this movement to plant native plants,” said Jane Hartline, owner of Sauvie Island Natives, who recently led a crew of volunteers planting hundreds of […]

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Saving a Family Legacy: Michelle’s Home Repair Story

Michelle’s home is a healing place, that recently needed healing of its own. Self-employed as a psychotherapist, Michelle uses her home in North Portland for client sessions, helping people do emotional work through difficult times. It is a stately house, nearly 100 years old, and it is steeped in family memories. On the dining room […]

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Building For the Future | Fall Construction Update

Cherry Blossom | Southeast Portland  Fall has settled in on Habitat build sites around the region, but the towering fir trees at our Cherry Blossom development are as green as ever. The first eight out of 31 homes at the Southeast neighborhood community have passed inspection and excitement is in the air as homebuyers prepare […]

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A Father of Three Builds His Children a Home | Dominic’s Story 

As Dominic hammered fencing into the ground outside his future house, he took a moment to reflect on his hard work and on how far he has come in the past 10 years. What started as only a dream is becoming a reality. Although the inside of his home is only wooden framing, Dominic sees […]

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A Roof Repair, and a Dry Home | Frances’ Home Repair Story 

A Roof Repair and a Dry Home | Frances’ Home Repair Story  Frances, a homeowner in Northeast Portland, was going about her day when she discovered water leaking across her living room wall. When she stepped outside to find the source she discovered severe water damage in the wooden frames holding her front porch roof. […]

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