Building Homes,
Building Lives.


Habitat works with qualified, low-income families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home.

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Building Homes,
Building Lives.


Habitat works with qualified, low-income families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home.

Donate Now

Every day in our city, low-income, hardworking families struggle to find affordable places to live.  Rapidly rising rents force these families to live in unsafe, unhealthy and crowded conditions.  Families often have to move once or twice a year in search of rents that stay within their reach.

Our mission of working with the community to build simple, healthy, affordable homes has resulted in over 300 local families permanently escaping poverty housing.

Every day in our city, low-income, hardworking families struggle to find affordable places to live.  Rapidly rising rents force these families to live in unsafe, unhealthy and crowded conditions.  Families often have to move once or twice a year in search of rents that stay within their reach.

Our mission of working with the community to build simple, healthy, affordable homes has resulted in over 300 local families permanently escaping poverty housing.

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two families bond over a bright future

Too many families in Portland know the struggle of living paycheck to paycheck in housing that is unsafe and unaffordable, with rents rising swiftly as gentrification moves through neighborhoods.

Victor Salazar and his wife Flor Ortega have felt that struggle since they immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico twelve years ago. “We came for a better life,” Victor said, “because in our country there were just no opportunities.”

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Salazar-Ortega-Family-(10)web

two families bond over a bright future

Too many families in Portland know the struggle of living paycheck to paycheck in housing that is unsafe and unaffordable, with rents rising swiftly as gentrification moves through neighborhoods.

Victor Salazar and his wife Flor Ortega have felt that struggle since they immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico twelve years ago. “We came for a better life,” Victor said, “because in our country there were just no opportunities.”

read more »

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Now until the end of the year, when you donate to Habitat for Humanity through the Willamette Week Give!Guide you’ll automatically receive dozens of freebies and coupons from your favorite local businesses. And if you give on a select days, you could win awesome prize packages!

give now »

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Now until the end of the year, when you donate to Habitat for Humanity through the Willamette Week Give!Guide you’ll automatically receive dozens of freebies and coupons from your favorite local businesses. And if you give on a select days, you could win awesome prize packages!

read more »

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volunteer spotlight

Most people picture Habitat volunteers with a hammer in their hands and a hard hat on their head, but not every volunteer pounds nails and paints walls. Heather Krizanac has been volunteering with Habitat on a regular basis for over two years, assisting the resource department during large events such as our annual Hopebuilder Breakfast. She also works on other projects in the fundraising department and enters data into our software system.

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volunteer spotlight

Most people picture Habitat volunteers with a hammer in their hands and a hard hat on their head, but not every volunteer pounds nails and paints walls. Heather Krizanac has been volunteering with Habitat on a regular basis for over two years, assisting the resource department during large events such as our annual Hopebuilder Breakfast. She also works on other projects in the fundraising department and enters data into our software system.

read more »

latest news

  • A new beginning for a Portland mom

    A new beginning for a Portland mom

    Story by Kathy Oxborrow Being a single mother is one of the hardest jobs one can have, but Mel Lindsay in an exceptional case. In her life, Mel has adopted and raised three children with various degrees of developmental disabilities from drug and alcohol exposure. Mel lived next door to the children and their grandparents […]
  • Future Habitat Volunteers Get a Lesson In Giving Back

    Future Habitat Volunteers Get a Lesson In Giving Back

    The International School in Southwest Portland is teaching their kids about community service. Last month, Habitat AmeriCorps member Kelli Linton went to speak to the 72  3rd graders about the work that Habitat does in the Portland Metro area. The kids were very excited to learn about building homes and more importantly, helping families. They had […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Krizanac

    Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Krizanac

    Most people picture Habitat volunteers with a hammer in their hands and a hard hat on their head, but not every volunteer pounds nails and paints walls. Heather Krizanac has been volunteering with Habitat on a regular basis for over two years, assisting the resource department during large events such as our annual Hopebuilder Breakfast. She […]
  • Aiming Higher, Giving Back

    Aiming Higher, Giving Back

    Starting life out in the Woodlawn neighborhood of inner northeast Portland, where money was tight and tempers often flared, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Legacy Society member Jeanne Arbow knew from an early age that this is not where she wanted her life to take her. Home life was not easy as her parents struggled […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Lil Maizer

    Volunteer Spotlight: Lil Maizer

    Lil Maizer has been a weekly volunteer at Habitat for almost two years. Starting with no building experience, Lil has now helped build homes from foundations to finish work. We can count on Lil to help lead other volunteers and make everyone’s build day more enjoyable. Lil retired from the military in 2007. Now she […]
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