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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Habitat for Humanity is changing lives - April 3, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East recently announced that 23 families in our community will now have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.

 

The 23 families represent 119 people, including 46 children, who were living in the most desperate housing conditions in our community. Now, because of Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program, these families will be able to buy their home without paying more than 30% of their income on their monthly mortgage.

 

How does Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program work?

 

Qualified families send in their applications, and Habitat reviews them. Families are chosen when they have the greatest need, and have the ability to pay an affordable monthly mortgage. This year, Habitat received a record 370 applications.

 

Habitat’s program is unique - families must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity. This means spending at least 500 hours helping to build their home, or even a future Habitat neighbor’s home.

 

On April 6, Habitat will host a warm welcome for the new families at Habitat’s Key Ceremony and Home Dedication where the 23 families will have the opportunity to tour a Habitat home and meet their future neighbors who have already completed the homeownership program.

 

Thank you Habitat for Humanity for the work you do in providing homes to our community!

 

photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East