Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Habitat's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Oct 12, 2016

A Family Finds Room To Grow

The Tassew-Megesha family are in need of a decent, stable home for their family. Dejene and Banchamlak live in an overcrowded apartment with their four children. Amanuel, age 18, enjoys reading at home, playing soccer, running track, and learning math in school. Kalkiden is 14, favors language arts, and wants to be an actor one day. Their younger sibling, Bruk, is nine years old and likes to draw. The youngest, Eden, is a growing two-year-old toddler.

The family came to the US in 2008, and has had to move twice while searching for affordable housing in Portland. They also struggled with language and cultural barriers because English is not their first language. After hearing about Habitat for Humanity from a friend, they decided to apply for the homeownership program. Dejene and Banchamlak think owning a home will help their children feel confident and independent.

Dejene said it felt great to learn they were accepted into the program and all their family members were happy. “It changes our lives by giving us a hope to do more as we feel better.”

Along with the support of our volunteers and staff, the family is hard at work building their home in the Cully neighborhood. They will receive the keys to their new home in February of 2017.

Thanks to all Habitat supporters for giving local, hardworking families like the Tassew-Megeshas a hand-up! 

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Jun 28, 2016

Family Finds Stability and a Place to Call Home

Paw Tun Family
Paw Tun Family

The Paw/Tun family has never experienced having a stable place to live. Due to the civil war in their country, they were forced to run away from their village. They were living at a refugee camp in Thailand when they were able to pursue a brighter future in the United States. Since 2008, the family has moved three times. Their children endured changing schools twice.

Thablay and Kyaw have three daughters, who are 11, 10 and 7 years old, and a newborn Son. The oldest daughter helps her mother around the house. She enjoys learning about science in school and likes football. Her sister  just turned ten and likes reading at home and playing badminton. The youngest sister, age 7, loves riding her bike. Their little brother was born in December of 2015.

After moving from one apartment to apartment, their friend introduced them to Habitat for Humanity. Thablay and Kyaw agreed that becoming homeowners will help with “saving more money, benefit their professional life, and enhance their kids’ future.”

Apr 21, 2016

A HOME TO GROW IN.

Triplett Family
Triplett Family

Gabriel and Sylvia are the proud parents of two young kids, three-year-old Oscar, and Lucy who was born this past December. Gabriel works full-time as a pastoral associate and Sylvia is a fulltime mother, which is extra challenging as their son is disabled. Living in the Cully neighborhood for the past five years, the family loves their community, but find it difficult to afford a place that meets their son’s needs.

Oscar has cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment and a developmental and intellectual disability. He uses a wheelchair, as well as several other pieces of specialized equipment, for mobility and therapy. Their two bedroom apartment is already too small to accommodate two growing children and Oscar’s therapy equipment.

But even more urgent is the lack of accessibility for Oscar. The door frames are too small to accommodate a wheelchair, so Gabriel and Sylvia have to move their son from room-to-room by picking him up, a tiring task that will become harder as he gets older. The house has steps to the front door with no wheelchair ramp, so even getting in and out of the house each day is difficult.

In addition to the lack of accessibility, there are electrical problems, single pane windows that make the home drafty and expensive to keep warm, and mold growing in many places.

The family learned about Habitat through their church and were elated when they were selected into the Homeownership Program. Their home will be located at Helensview, allowing them to stay in their current neighborhood. Noyes Development will build the home during the Home Builders Blitz 2016 this spring.

“We are so relieved. We had fear of being pushed out of our neighborhood by gentrification,” said Gabriel, “but most of all we are happy to give our children a safe home that has a greater quality of life.” 

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