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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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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Holding On To Her Dream | Abby’s Story

Abby walked inside her home currently under construction in Pleasant Valley in SE Portland, pointing towards empty rooms supported by wooden frames. As she led a tour, other volunteers and homebuyers followed behind, enthusiastically listening to Abby’s ideas for decorating her house and chiming in with some of their own. “I can’t believe my oldest […]

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Welcoming Fall with More Affordable Homes | Construction Update 

Credit: Video shot by Dillon Vibes, and edited by Amanda Bernhardt.  As the weather slowly begins to drop in temperature and we transition from summer to fall this month, our construction crews diligently move quickly and take advantage of all the sunlight left as we progress toward completing our communities. We currently have homes in […]

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How To Maintain Your Electric Water Heater 

Water heaters are an essential fixture of homes. Unfortunately, maintenance can be overlooked for years until the shell of the water heater breaks down, leading to some uncomfortably cold showers or water leakage all over your floor. Thankfully, it is easy and accessible to perform maintenance on a water heater in less than half an […]

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“It’s a Dream Come True” | Tanisha’s Story

When Tanisha first shared her story with Habitat for Humanity in 2020, she was in the process of building her home in Northeast Portland. She had not yet received the keys to her house but was looking forward to the freedom she would have as a homeowner – a larger space, peace of mind, making […]

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Building a Community: Ro-Suhana’s Story

Written by volunteer storyteller, Jeremy Brautman After six years in her Habitat for Humanity home, Ro-Suhana, a sophomore at Reynold’s High School, does not take for granted the safety and stability that her home and her neighborhood provide. Her best friends Abby, Sami, An, and Sumaia live next door. Together, they spent their formative years growing […]

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Advocacy Update: The Future (Need) of Housing in Portland 

Written by Preston Korst, Director of Government Relations.  As the number of new homes on the market decreases and the cost to build or purchase a home increases, the outlook for first-time homeownership in Portland appears murky at best. Add to the looking glass a mixture of rising interest rates, constricting supply chains, and a […]

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Almost 80 homes under development this Summer! | Construction update  

Habitat blue hard hats dot our construction sites, and workers with orange vests raise frames, giving our communities a glance into a hopeful future. Through your support, we are establishing more communities across the Portland Region than ever! These homes mean much more than shelter; for Oregonians, it means optimism and a new chapter in […]

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