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ReStore, design students, make a perfect match 

Habitat ReStores, with their eclectic mix of furniture, home goods and off-the-beaten path items, are taking on a new role: The perfect hands-on classroom for interior design students.  This past summer, the Habitat ReStore in Beaverton welcomed a partnership with Heritage School of Interior Design in Portland that not only gives students practical experience in […]

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After a long journey, Ellen and sons find comfort and safety in their Habitat home  

Ellen stands at her Ninja blender in her kitchen, preparing smoothies for herself and her sons as she does every morning. She knows pretty much everything there is to know about smoothies; various recipes are taped to the insides of her cupboards, and her freezer is filled with frozen berries and vegetables.    For Ellen’s family, smoothies are a lot […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for housing justice 

In the final years of his life, Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy was already cemented with his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  But one key element in civil rights was still missing in his view: housing justice. […]

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Mirian and Eliseo eager to start fresh in a new family home

Eliseo and Mirian live in a small Hillsboro apartment with their four children ages 10, 9, 7, and 2. While they’ve been able to make it work for the past several years, the truth is that their living situation is inadequate for a family of six. To make matters worse, their rent increases every year.   […]

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Celebrating a new chapter of affordable homeownership in Lake Oswego

Community members, Habitat staff, and locally elected officials gathered Dec. 15 to celebrate the site kickoff of Habitat’s future 23-home community in the Lake Grove neighborhood of Lake Oswego.   The construction of this community is a significant development in affordable housing for Lake Oswego. The 1.9-acre project is a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Portland […]

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State’s asset-building program worth greater investment, housing advocates say

We’ve heard it countless times: It takes money to make money. Buying a home takes a down payment, launching a business means start-up capital, going to college requires advanced tuition. These investments are cornerstones to creating economic stability and building generational wealth, but not everyone is able to unlock those opportunities.  For many Oregonians, Individual […]

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A Decade Later: Portland’s N/NE Preference Policy sees progress, challenges ahead 

North and Northeast Portland — the heart of Portland’s Black community for over 60 years — lost two-thirds of its Black residents due to urban renewal and gentrification. Galvanized by a proposed below-market sale of a city-owned lot to a national retail chain, community leaders pushed to prioritize affordable housing to allow Black households to […]

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Habitat for Humanity named Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Awardee 

Habitat for Humanity named Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Awardee  Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is excited and deeply honored to receive Bank of America’s prestigious Neighborhood Builders Award for 2023. Habitat, along with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, (MESO) was selected for our work of advancing economic mobility and building up neighborhoods in the […]

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A career in the trades takes hold with Habitat 

Tired of working retail and warehouse gigs, Leo Ochoa began to take greater stock in the words of his father.  “My dad told me, do whatever you want, whatever you like.” Leo said. “Don’t try to get a job just for the sake of making money.”  What he wanted was to be hands on, working […]

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