Neighborhood Revitalization

Habitat is proud to launch the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a block by block approach to building stronger neighborhoods.

NRI will help serve more families in the Portland Metro area with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships. Habitat will respond to community priorities and work hand-in-hand with residents to revive their neighborhood and enhance their quality of life. NRI is more than just new Habitat products. This is a holistic approach to creating change in our neighborhoods that have the greatest need for stability. This means joining residents, nonprofits, businesses and local government to discover what is needed most in a neighborhood, and helping to implement a shared vision of revitalization.

Creating Greater Impact

The goal is to increase the number of families served annually from 30 to 100.

Habitat’s mission is to create successful homeownership by partnering hardworking families in need with the community to build healthy, affordable homes. While new home construction remains at the core of what we do, Habitat cannot transform neighborhoods through new construction alone. By launching NRI, we are able to work more intensively within a neighborhood to meet resident needs and aspirations, ultimately improving the quality of life for not only residents of these neighborhoods, but for the city as a whole.

Habitat will improve the lives of families through new services:

New Home Construction
Address the need to create new affordable homeownership opportunities in the focus area.

Addresses the glut of abandoned or foreclosed properties by restoring homes and selling to hardworking families.

Critical Home Repair
Addresses extensive interior and exterior repairs for existing low-income homeowners. This may include roof replacement, electrical and plumbing, and handicap accessibility renovations to address health and safety concerns.

Home Preservation
Preserves the exterior of homes by focusing on minor repairs, painting and landscaping.

Improves energy efficiency and indoor air quality for existing low-income homeowners.

New Homeownership


With over 295 homes built in the Portland area, new homeownership is one of the main parts of neighborhood revitalization. Learn more about our homeownership program here. Learn more »

Home Repair & Preservation

Habitat Rock the Block

For existing homeowners, critical home repairs can extend the life of a home and renew neighborhoods. Read more about Habitat’s home repair & preservation efforts. Learn more »

Partner Families

Yondella Hall NRI 10e

Hear the stories of families who partnered with Habitat to alleviate critical health and safety issues and complete needed home improvement projects to restore and maintain their homes.
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