Habitat organizations awarded $18M to build 100 homes

May 16, 2023

Habitat for Humanity of Oregon is thrilled to announce that 13 Habitat organizations were awarded more than $18 million in construction and capacity-building funding from Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) to build 100 affordable homes over the next three years.

In total, OHCS announced the approval of 34 new homeownership development projects that will lead to the creation of 337 new affordable homes across the state. The funding was awarded as part of two sources: Local Innovation and Fast Track (LIFT) for Homeownership and Homeownership Development Incubation Program (HDIP). The goal of LIFT and HDIP is to increase access to safe, stable and affordable homes for low- to moderate-income Oregonians in rural and urban communities. All developments focus on building housing that is responsive to their community’s needs and are using innovative, climate-friendly and accessible design methods.

“We are thrilled to see this funding reach across the Habitat network,” said Shannon Vilhauer, Executive Director of Habitat Oregon. “Throughout Oregon’s biggest metro cities and suburbs to rural communities and small coastal towns, Habitat organizations are committed to building housing that is not only affordable for the homebuyers of today but will support Oregon’s hard-working families in the future through intergenerational wealth building.”

As a culturally responsive organization, Habitat for Humanity of Oregon is committed to advancing racial equity and housing justice across the network. Habitat organizations partner with homebuyers to build their home, increasing the opportunity to create generational wealth among first-time homebuyers, many of whom are also first-generation homebuyers.

Nearly one-third of the total investment was awarded to Habitat for Humanity affiliates — congratulations! The Habitat Oregon team celebrates your hard work and looks forward to welcoming our neighbors and friends into these brand-new homes in the near future.