I had the opportunity to spend a day along with my friends over at Stewart Title in Clackamas on a Habitat for Humanity build -specifically the Orchards project. Being a graduate of Marshall High School I consider this area to be my old stomping grounds and it sure felt good to give back to the community. Home improvement doesn't scare me much but laying cement board when it's about 90 degrees gives the term sweat equity a run for its money... I would however do it again in a heartbeat!
We learned that the homes are not given away, the homeowners are required to volunteer 500 hours at Habitat as part of the process. Also, according to the Habitat for Humanity website a 1% down payment is required. The monthly payments are income based with 0% interest and are put into a revolving fund that helps pay for construction of future homes here in the Portland Metro area.
You can help the program by volunteering your time, donating money or materials, and even by just shopping at a local Re-Store.... How you can help.