PORTLAND, Ore– Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is on a roll. Steve Messinetti CEO comments while Covid 19 was challenging, and the cost of building materials increased, donations continued to come in. Supply chain issues offered a different obstacle. Volunteers were fewer over the past two years due to the pandemic. Habitat ended up hiring skilled contractors so housing projects wouldn’t stop cold, leaving families waiting even longer for places to live.
In 2022 Habitat For Humanity plans to complete 60 homes with 100 homes already under construction. that’s almost triple the number of homes built two years ago. Programs have been ramped up to respond to the growing needs for affordable housing. Two weeks ago one thousand families applied to buy new homes, that’s more than double than what they’ve had in past years.
Building is going on in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, and Hillsboro. To apply to buy a home low income families need to earn between 30 and 70 thousand dollars a year, depending on family size. Median income is 45 thousand yearly. No specific credit score is needed, it does have to be decent. Habitat For Humanity wants to make sure a house payment each month doesn’t eat up more than 30% of their income. Habitat For humanity is dependent on fundraising and grant money. Some of the Dollars recently applied by the Oregon Legislature to affordable Housing will go to the low income home ownership organization. More Information at http://www.habitatportlandregion.org