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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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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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Christiana’s new home is a gathering place for family

A big part of Habitat homebuyer Christianna’s story is the idea of “surrender:” turning things over to a higher power. While applying to become a Habitat homeowner, she always returned to the mantra, “If it’s meant to be, it will be.”  Well, here she is – boxes packed and ready for the next step of […]

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Construction update: New beginnings just ahead for homeowners 

The fall leaves are changing, and so are the look of these Habitat construction sites across the Portland region. We’ve got the latest progress updates!   Foster Commons Habitat’s 40-home Pleasant Valley community is in the final touch-up stage! Travis Schultz, the site’s Construction Superintendent, said certificates of occupancy are starting to come in and homeowners […]

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The stability of homeownership allows Pamir to be fully present for his family

Almost two years to the day he moved in, Pamir sat in his Habitat home reflecting on the life he had built for his family over the past eight years in America.   He built it not only through working hard and finding a supportive community, but quite literally with his hands. He helped build the […]

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2023 Hard Hat & Black Tie Benefit a smashing success! 

During our Hard Hat & Black Tie Benefit, President and CEO Steve Messinetti urged you to make a difference in our community, and together we raised nearly $450,000!  Because of your generosity, more people in the Portland region will have an affordable, safe, and stable place to call home.   All the funds we raised will […]

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Habitat for Humanity Portland Region announces the appointment of three new board members

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region announces the appointment of three new members to the board of directors. This brings the total number of board members to 23.   Joining the board of directors are Isaac Dixon, PhD (VISTA HR Consulting), Elizabeth English (Alterman Law Group), and Jeff Nichols (Nike). In addition, Habitat appointed Gail Baker (GAB […]

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Housing’s impact on children’s education 

Stable, adequate, and affordable housing leads to better educational outcomes for children of all ages, according to recent studies. This is particularly true for Black and Hispanic/Latine populations, who are twice as likely to live in substandard housing as White populations.   Habitat for Humanity International has released an analysis that examines how housing affects children’s […]

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