Wednesday February 24, 2021
At Noyes Development, we are proud to do what we can to strengthen our community. Whether that’s through sustainable building practices or working with local organizations we believe in, we‘re proud to do what we can to make the world a better place.
Some of our most impactful work to date has been with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those in need. Continue reading to learn more about Habitat for Humanity, how Noyes Development got started working with them, and to hear from Mike Frey, Noyes Development Vice President, and Clark Vorm, Land Development Manager & Marketing Manager.
Habitat for Humanity in the Portland community
Habitat for Humanity, also known as Habitat, is a non-profit organization that works with families to build or improve homes that they can call home. Habitat’s vision is to work towards a world in which every person in every country has a place to live that they can be proud of. To reach this goal, Habitat focuses on empowering families to build strength, stability, and self-reliance.
The organization works with individual volunteers and outside groups like Noyes Development to build and refurbish homes with the families that will be living in them. This builds pride in ownership for the families and connects the community with the people they are helping in a very real way.
You can learn about Portland’s Habitat for Humanity organization here. Habitat partners with families and organizations in all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
Who can own a Habitat for Humanity home?
Habitat works hard to provide safe and affordable homes for those most in need. Anyone can apply for homeownership through Habitat for Humanity, and the local chapter of each Habitat for Humanity organization's selection committee will decide which families are selected based on three criteria:
- An applicant’s level of need and financial situation
- Ability and willingness to partner with Habitat and work with the organization to build or refurbish their new home
- The ability to pay for the home through an affordable payment plan
Learn more about how to apply for a home through Habitat for Humanity.
How did Noyes Development become involved in Habitat for Humanity?
Given Noyes Development’s commitment to both the Portland community and building beautiful homes that last, working with Habitat for Humanity was a natural fit.
Peter Noyes and Mike Frey were both interested in engaging with the community in a way that used Noyes Development’s unique expertise building homes efficiently. When Peter heard about the Home Builders Blitz event that Habitat for Humanity organizes every year, he brought the idea to Mike. Both agreed that it was a great opportunity.
“We think Habitat is an outstanding organization,” said Mike. “We believe in supporting our community and using our talents to help others. Partnering with Habitat was a natural fit.”
Noyes Development worked with Habitat for Humanity in 2014 for their Home Builders Blitz Event in which professional home builders work to renovate and repair homes for families. We also participated in the same event in 2016.