The Fassil Family

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Shiwaye Fassil and her 11-year-old son Mieraf are political refugees from Ethiopia. She works hard at a retail store to support them, but on her salary they currently can only afford subsidized housing. When she found out about Habitat for Humanity, she was excited about the opportunity to become independent of government rental assistance and finally realize her dream of becoming a homeowner.

Shiwaye and Mieraf will be purchasing one of the homes at the Martins Street community build in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. She is most looking forward to living in a safe place, where her son can play outside by himself without worries. With six other Habitat homeowner families living all around her in this new community, Shiwaye and Mieraf will be in great company!

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