Excavation is happening now for the first 22 homes at Southeast 171st and Division Street, prepping for foundations at the end of March.

Laser levels, earth movers and foundation forms have been hard at work breaking ground on Oregon’s largest Habitat development: 45 homes at Southeast 171st and Division Street.

This development is part of Habitat’s four-year bank of land that was purchased through A World of Hope: It Starts at Home fundraising efforts. As foundations are poured for the first 22 homes, Habitat is reaching out to philanthropic corporations, community organizations and families in order to secure the rest of the funds needed to build all 45 homes.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding through Portland Housing Bureau helped us acquire this unfinished subdivision last year, and a generous grant from Meyer Memorial Trust helped speed us through  the design, engineering and pre-development work.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Jurrens Family Foundation, Walsh Construction, Wells Fargo and Erickson Air-Crane have all stepped up to sponsor homes at 171st. For the first time in Habitat’s history, all specialty builds will be active during the same time and at the same location. The Portland Pride Build, Women Build, Faith Build and Youth United have all raised the necessary funds to begin construction on their sponsored homes.

Other big events planned for this location include the Home Builders Blitz 2012. Professional home builders will mobilize their subcontractors on Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8, to build several Southeast 171st and Division Street homes, part of a national effort to build 250 Habitat homes in just five days.

The first 22 homes are scheduled for completion by March of 2013. The completion of these homes will then kickoff the second phase that will include the final 23 homes, with construction wrapping up by the end of 2014.

An estimated 10,000 volunteers will work side-by-side with 45 families to build this community from the ground up, providing stability for approximately 150 children.