Does the city of Portland really need an organization like Habitat?
Yes. The decrease in affordable housing in Portland is staggering. Portland is ranked the second lease affordable home market in the United States. The average home cost in Portland has risen 30% in the last three years to $182,000. Typical rent for a 2-bedroom apartment ranges from $700-$1,000 per month. Portland Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to the ideal that all people deserve a simple, decent place to live on terms they can afford. Over 1,000 families apply to Portland Habitat for home ownership each year. How much does a Portland Habitat home cost? The cost of a home to a partner family averages $65-75K. Habitat homes are affordable to low-income families because there is a no profit, zero mortgage interest loan. The average monthly mortgage payment for a homeowner is under $400. How does Habitat operate? Habitat homes are built with a volunteer labor force, utilizing building materials and services that are donated by local business as well as individual and corporate donatio