If you’ve been out to Habitat’s 45-home build site at SE 171st and Division Street, you have seen the transformation of the vacant parcel these past 12 months. Now that the first 22 homes are built and homeowners are moving in, staff and volunteers will soon start work on an 8,000 square foot lot at the end of the cul-de-sac on SE 171st Avenue.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, this open lot will be transformed into an open green space, raised garden beds and pathway lined with fruit trees. The pathway will lead out of the subdivision’s north end and onto quiet side streets, encouraging kids to utilize the pathway to get to school and the park.
More information about the Nike Employee Grant Fund of OCF is available here.
About the Garden BedsHomeowners are excited to have a place to grow their own food and are looking forward to planting their beds in the next few months. Each family will have their own raised garden bed that collects rainwater in an enclosed tank for reuse, eliminating the need for additional water supply. Water is collected during the rainy months and easily accessed year-round by a small hand pump installed on the side of the garden bed. The raised height and use of space means beds will be easily accessible, ensuring that all family members are able to participate in growing nutrient-rich food.
With the remaining 16 homes of Phase I at SE 171st and Division Street less than a month away from being complete, Habitat is starting excavation and foundations on more homes that will kickoff Phase II of this 45-home neighborhood. Help us celebrate this accomplishment and give thanks to our dedicated volunteers, donors and sponsors. Join us at the build site on April 6, when 16 families achieve their dream of homeownership and receive the keys to their own home!
“This is going to be a life changing day for a lot of families,” said Reianna DaRosa, Homeownership Programs Coordinator. “A lot of families don’t fully feel like their dream of homeownership is going to come true until all the tools have been cleared out and they get handed the keys. Imagine this feeling happening 16 times!”
Habitat would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our donors and volunteers for their support and hard work in 2012. So many of you generously shared your time and hard earned money to help Habitat build simple, healthy, affordable homes for hardworking families in our community.
As this new year begins, Habitat is celebrating its completion of A World of Hope: It Starts at Home. This $12 million fundraising campaign, launched a little more than 12 months ago, had the bold goal of buying land to support our next five years of building and increasing our homebuilding by 50%. These were huge ambitions, but our community stepped up. Habitat received some of the largest gifts in our history and more individual gifts than ever before. Even in the midst of “The Great Recession,” supporters gave what they could, some making sacrifices to give more than in years prior. Habitat is so grateful for the many contributors that made A World of Hope: It Starts at Home a success.
Habitat put these funds right to work, purchasing land in our neighborhoods that have the greatest need for homeownership, creating stability that will have a ripple effect on the whole community. Because of A World of Hope: It Starts at Home fundraising campaign, we now have land in place to build homes for 150 local families. But our work is not done. The need for affordable housing is greater than ever before. Hundreds of kids in our community are still forced to sleep in substandard, overcrowded housing, as it is all their parents can afford. Hundreds of local kids are still moving from school to school, as their parents chase affordable rent. We must continue mobilizing our community to address the housing crisis in the Portland area. We invite everyone to join Habitat as we work towards building the 150 homes on the purchased land, and create a city that is a great place for all our neighbors.
We wish you a joy filled year ahead and thank you again for your generosity that will continue to bless families for years to come!