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Habitat for Humanity Celebration and Barbecue to take place on June 15

What: Celebrating 20 people moving into their new homes at Cully Place, a 15-home Habitat for Humanity community located in the Cully neighborhood of Portland. Seven of the 15 homes are now complete and ready for families to purchase with an affordable mortgage. Habitat homebuyers, staff and volunteers will celebrate with a key ceremony, family-friendly activities, and barbecue, provided by Parr Lumber.

When: Saturday, June 15, 11am – 1pm.

Where: 5640 NE Killingsworth Street, at 57th Avenue

Heartwarming photo, video and interview opportunities. Mult press box available for audio recording.Interview opportunities include:

  • Greg Ness, Chairman, President and CEO of The Standard, a Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East partner
  • Steve Messinetti, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
  • Habitat Homeowners, including Minh, a single mother and current Cully resident who will be purchasing an affordable Habitat home in Cully.                                                              

(Portland, Ore.)— Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is busy preparing for a special celebration. On Saturday, July 15, Habitat will hand over the keys to 20 people as they move into their new, energy-efficient/Earth Advantage Certified Habitat homes. The homes are located at Cully Place, a 15-home community located in the heart of the Cully neighborhood in Portland. The celebration honors the completion of phase one of Cully Place—seven of the 15 homes—and would not be possible without the support of The Standard, Chris and Lana Finley, The Whiteley Family, and Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program.

Each Habitat homebuyer dedicates 300 sweat equity hours as they build their homes alongside volunteers and later purchase the homes with an affordable mortgage. Habitat is the only organization in the Portland Metro area that consistently offers affordable homeownership opportunities to families making as little as $30,000 (for a family of four).

Minh, a single mother, and her family will be receiving the keys to their new home. For the last 30 years, she has called Portland home and currently lives in an apartment just down the street from their future home at Cully Place. Regular rent increases have made it hard to afford basic life necessities for her daughters. Minh presses on as she just completed her sweat equity hours building her own home and taking homeownership education classes, picking up new skills along the way.

“It’s been exciting,” Minh says, “I can’t wait to see all the houses complete. I’ve lived [in Portland] for many years and this is my home.”

About Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East believes that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable homeownership, everyone can help people achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. Learn more at habitatportlandmetro.org

 

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