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 68 homes, served more than two hundred people with stable, affordable housing, engaged hundreds of business and civic partners, and enlisted the support of thousands of volunteers. The ReStore serves as a fundraiser for the affiliate's programing by re-selling donated building materials, appliances, and furniture.
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.
The ReStore acts as a fundraiser for all of the programming that the affiliate does. We sell new and used building materials, appliances, and furniture. All items have been donated. The sale of those donations, minus our operation costs, help to build 2-3 homes a year with families in need!