About

Bend Habitat works with qualified, deserving families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home.

Our Vision – A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission – Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing affordable homeownership opportunities for families and individuals in Bend. Over the past 28 years, Bend Area Habitat has built 120 homes and repaired 70 more, providing more than 600 children and adults with safe, secure and healthy homes.

We build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing.

History

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976 by Millard Fuller and Clarence Jordan. Habitat for Humanity International has served more than 1 million families around the world through homeownership, home repairs, microfinance loans and more.

Bend area affiliate got its start in 1989 when a group of like-minded people saw the pressing need for decent affordable housing for hard working low income families.  Rather than talking about the problem of home ownership for this segment of the community or turning to government to deal with the problem, they set about creating an environment where volunteerism became the key to helping the disadvantaged, one home at a time.

Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Bend Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs an affordable place to live are welcome to help with our 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 serves people in need of affordable 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.

Kirsch Key Dedication excited new home homeowner

Community Impact

Since in 1989, Bend Area Habitat for Humanity has sustained an ever-increasing impact on the community as a whole.
  • 120+ homes have been built and more than 70 repaired.
  • Habitat homeowners have paid over $2 million in property taxes.
  • Habitat has spent more than $10 million to build, renovate, and repair homes.
  • The direct economic impact of our building activity in this community exceeds $33.6 million.
  • The total assessed value of our investment in this community exceeds $235.2 million.
  • Served more than 600 children and adults through home ownership, home repair, and weatherization.
  • Two-thirds of the families served are single mothers
  • Six Veteran families have been housed
  • Volunteers donated over 70,000 hours with Bend Area Habitat from 2015 through 2016!
  • We provide many ways for people to get involved and make a difference!
Bend Habitat Family collage