Focus Area

After careful consideration and an assessment of various neighborhoods, we are piloting Neighborhood Revitalization in the Cully Neighborhood in Northeast Portland.

Why Cully?

Cully contains the most diverse census tract in Oregon.
Cully was annexed in the mid-1980s without basic infrastructure, facilities and services.
85% of Cully students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Poverty rate is 17% higher than the citywide rate of 13% (US Census 2010).
Habitat has built 20 homes in Cully and acquired an additional 21 lots for future homebuilding.
Community Partners: Hacienda CDC, Native American Youth & Family Center and Verde are strong Cully-based organizations, a history of working together, and complementary programmatic strengths and activities.

Habitat works in northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood, working hand-in-hand with residents and other nonprofit partners to help improve the neighborhood and enhance the quality of life. We are committed to serving 150 low-income Cully households over the next five years through new home construction, rehabs and our new products which include: critical home repair, home preservation and weatherization work.

In 2014, with the support of community members, new and longtime Habitat volunteers, and our presenting sponsor Lowe’s, we completed painting and minor repairs on five homes in our Cully neighborhood focus area. In addition, the affiliate took on two community improvement projects, giving the exterior doors at Scott Elementary a fresh coat of paint and filling the potholes on an unpaved section of northeast 68th Avenue with gravel and asphalt.

Habitat’s revitalization efforts in Cully serve to encourage low-income homeownership and retain long-time homeowners in the neighborhood as the median home value in Cully continues to rise. For more information on the situation in Cully, read “Not In Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood“.

Living Cully

Living Cully is a coordinated effort by Verde, Hacienda CDC and the Native American Youth and Family Center to drive investments into the Cully neighborhood in response to existing community needs: jobs, education, housing and quality of life. The initiative seeks to reinterpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy by pursuing investments that directly benefit diverse, low income Cully residents and which restore or enhance the places where they live, work, learn and play.