Commissioner Susheela Jayapal to join Women Build Event
Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build volunteers to honor the anniversary of women’s right to vote
30 Women Build volunteers
Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, District 2
Cecilia Lente, Habitat Homeowner
Minh Nguyen, Habitat Homeowner
Saturday, August 24. Best time for media & photos: 11:30am-12:30pm. Commissioner Jayapal to speak at 12:15pm.
Habitat’s Cully Place build site, 5640 NE Killingsworth Street.
VISUAL: Photo opportunities of Commissioner Jayapal, Habitat homeowners, and Women Build volunteers swinging hammers and building Habitat for Humanity homes in Cully.
Interview opportunities with Commissioner Jayapal, volunteers, Habitat Homeowners, and Habitat staff member Lauren Johnson, Senior Donor Engagement Officer.
(Portland, Ore.)— Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s Women Build members are coming together locally to swing hammers and honor the anniversary of women’s right to vote. Commissioner Susheela Jayapal of District 2 will join in the celebration.
This month marks the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that acknowledged women’s right to vote. It was passed by Congress in June 1919, and ratified by ¾ of the states in August of 1920. As Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build volunteers come together to build community in the Cully neighborhood, they wish to honor the brave women who came before them who struggled for their basic rights. Women Build volunteers will spotlight several women who fought for universal suffrage and voting rights legislation throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in the U.S. and Oregon.
Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program directly addresses the disparities that women—particularly women of color and single mothers—face when it comes to buying an affordable home. One third of Oregon’s single working mothers and their children live below the poverty line. There are no neighborhoods in Portland where the average single mother can rent or purchase an affordable home. Women–particularly women of color–face disproportionate access to opportunity, which can affect their ability to find a decent place to live. Habitat’s affordable homeownership program directly addresses these disparities and provides opportunities for women to build strength, stability and independence for themselves and their families.
About Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s Women Build Program
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s Women Build program creates space for women and girls from all walks of life to learn, build, and lead. Women Build provides critical resources to create affordable homeownership opportunities for women and their families. Volunteers learn new skills, build, and teach others—all while working in a supportive and empowering environment. Learn more at habitatportlandmetro.org/women-build/
About Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East believes that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable homeownership, everyone can help people achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. Learn more at habitatportlandmetro.org