At Habitat for Humanity, we build. We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, is committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only to the construction of houses. Geographically, we initially served 11 towns/cities surrounding and including Portland, we now serve the 28 communities in the greater Portland area.
In three decades, we’ve built 75 homes, providing hundreds of people with stable, affordable housing. We have engaged hundreds of business and civic partners, and enlisted the support of thousands of volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is a homeownership program. The homes are sold with affordable monthly payments to Habitat families by means of subsidized financing. Families invest approximately $2,000 to pay for closing costs in addition to volunteering hundreds of hours of sweat-equity to help build their own home, as well as the homes of other Habitat partner families.
All applicants go through an extensive screening process that determines eligibility based on three basic criteria:
- Need of decent, stable and affordable housing
- Willing to partner to build their home
- Demonstrate the ability to pay by meeting our financial requirements
We believe that buyer readiness is a key component of successful homeownership, which is why we require all of our partner families to participate in pre-and post-closing classes at the Avesta Homeownership Center. Topics include understanding credit, obtaining a mortgage and loans, shopping for a home, closing assistance and how to maintain a home. In addition, they receive one-on-one counseling and access to home maintenance workshops.
In order to ensure long term affordability for the homeowner and with regard to creating a healthier community for all of our neighbors, we build our homes at no less than Energy Star standards. Our homes are well-built, easy to maintain and save homeowners hundreds of dollars each year on utility costs.
All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland has an open-door policy: all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.