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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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Tonya and her children find comfort and stability in their Habitat home

Nearly five years ago, Tonya accomplished what she previously believed to be an impossible feat: she became a Habitat homeowner all by herself.   “This is one of the things in my life that I hold as a model for everything,” she said. “If I can get through that, everything else is trivial.”  The path […]

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Westminster volunteers build furniture and community at the ReStore

Jack Robinson and his three friends stood over a half-built furniture set, aligning stubborn nuts and bolts that would soon shape up to be a brand new glider and coffee table. The directions were complicated and the materials were heavy, but that didn’t stop them from cranking out three of those sets within a couple […]

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Oregon’s new racial, implicit bias education intended to curb disparities in home valuations

Creative Commons Home appraisers seeking certification in Oregon will now receive training on implicit and racial bias, a move state lawmakers and housing advocates hope will help curb racial disparities in home appraisals.   The new requirement, passed by the Oregon Legislature this session, is intended to address the tide of research showing considerable gaps between […]

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New home opens new possibilities for Elijah and family

For Elijah, owning a home has always been a far-fetched dream, something people did decades ago but was no longer a realistic goal for those living in today’s economy. So, when he found out he’d been selected as a future homeowner at Alder Commons, Habitat’s 8-home community in Hillsboro, he almost didn’t believe it was […]

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Sun’s out, hard hats out for Habitat volunteers

It’s summer volunteer season at Habitat build sites!  This summer promises to be big for Habitat volunteers who are helping finish several communities, while our construction team is getting new sites ready for building. Here’s a brief rundown of construction work underway at three of our communities in the metro area.   Alder Commons   Work at […]

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Reyna’s Habitat home a fresh start with unlimited possibilities

Walking into Reyna’s home in Northeast Portland, one thing about her is immediately clear: This woman loves purple.   The lavender and white ombre curtains are drawn in the summertime, keeping the living area cool, even on the third floor. A plush, tri-color blanket in violet hues is draped over the sofa, complimenting the purple […]

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