Frequently Asked Questions


How does Habitat operate? 

Habitat homes are built with a volunteer labor force, utilizing building materials and services that are donated by local business as well as individual and corporate donations. Working in partnership with individuals, businesses, neighborhood groups, and organizations, Habitat for Humanity Portland Region has built and repaired over 1,900 homes since 1981. 

What area does Habitat for Humanity Portland Region serve? 

We build and repair homes within Multnomah, east Washington, and northern Clackamas counties. 

 
What makes Habitat unique? 

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes with people as equal partners. Homeowners help build their homes alongside volunteers and participate in homeownership education classes. The homes are then sold with an affordable mortgage set at no more than 30% of the total household income. 


What income level qualifies one for a Habitat for Humanity home? 

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region partners with people and families earning as little as $30,000 a year. Please see our homeownership page for more information on qualifications for our homeownership program. 
 

How much does a Habitat home cost? 

Habitat sells houses for market value, which cannot be determined until the house is complete. No matter what the price of the house, Habitat is committed to keeping housing payments affordable. Habitat homeowner’s housing payments will be set at no more than 30% of their household gross monthly incomes at the time of sale. This monthly amount will include the mortgage payment, homeowners’ insurance, possibly HOA dues, and property taxes. 
 

Does Habitat for Humanity exist in other cities? 

Yes. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is one of over 2,300 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. In fact, Habitat for Humanity is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States.