Working with the community to build decent, affordable housing.
“COVID-19 has knocked a lot of nonprofits for a loop,” said Steve Messinetti, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland Region. The organization has built over 350 homes in the Portland, Oregon area since 1981. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization suddenly faced the loss of its most important asset: volunteers. “Our number one priority is safety,” said Messinetti. “We’ve had to rely more on subcontractors and fundraising has been more difficult.”
Pacific Premier Bank’s $5,000 grant provided support for the construction of 10 new homes in the Simpson community of the Cully neighborhood development. “It’s important to close the homeownership gap in Portland, Oregon, which is extreme,” Messinetti said. The Bank’s grant will expand high-quality affordable housing for diverse, low- to moderate-income families in the Cully neighborhood, while increasing green infrastructure and environmental education.
“When Pacific Premier Bank came in with funding to help us on this project, it was more important than ever,” said Messinetti. “They’re helping us build affordable houses again.”