All build sites are closed January 13th, 2017 due to inclement weather. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Building Homes,
Building Lives.


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


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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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.

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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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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Join us for our most inspirational event of the year at the 17th annual HopeBuilder Breakfast. Enjoy a free breakfast during this one-hour program that includes an update on Habitat’s involvement in the Portland Metro area and testimonials from families who are on their way to homeownership.

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Join us for our most inspirational event of the year at the 17th annual HopeBuilder Breakfast. Enjoy a free breakfast during this one-hour program that includes an update on Habitat’s involvement in the Portland Metro area and testimonials from families who are on their way to homeownership.

learn more »

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volunteer spotlight

Sarah McDonagh has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East since June of 2016. She first got involved with Habitat her Freshman year of college where she went on a service trip to work the with the Spokane affiliate.

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volunteer spotlight

Sarah McDonagh has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East since June of 2016. She first got involved with Habitat her Freshman year of college where she went on a service trip to work the with the Spokane affiliate.

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latest news

  • Senator Jeff Merkley Makes a Visit to Habitat

    Senator Jeff Merkley Makes a Visit to Habitat

    Just prior to the Christmas holiday weekend, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East received word that US Senator Jeff Merkley would be stopping by. This year, Senator Merkley and his daughter Brynne challenged each other to complete an Ironman triathlon, and to raise money for local nonprofits in the process. They chose three organizations, including Habitat […]
  • The Merello family is home for the holidays

    The Merello family is home for the holidays

    The Merello family is home for the holidays Story by Kathy Oxborrow Lluvia Merello was only three when her family moved to the United States from Peru. Escaping from domestic violence, Lluvia’s mother relocated her four children to California where Lluvia’s grandmother lived. “We camped in my grandmother’s backyard when we first arrived,” said Lluvia. […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah McDonagh

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah McDonagh

    Sarah McDonagh has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East since June of 2016. She first got involved with Habitat her Freshman year of college where she went on a service trip to work the with the Spokane affiliate. As a student at Portland State, she wanted to stay involved with Habitat and […]
  • 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. Mel lived next door to the children and their grandparents for eight years. She spent […]
  • 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 […]
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