As people are struggling to remain in Portland because of the affordable housing crisis, one non-profit is trying to help them stay in their homes. The non-profit, “Rebuilding Together Portland” held its annual Rebuild Day, where over 1,000 volunteers repaired homes around the metropolitan area.
April marked the non-profit’s 25th birthday, where crews fixed up to 40 homes with fifteen sponsors to make it happen! Overall, the group has fixed more than 1,200 homes, and has put an approximate $20 million in market value back into the Portland metro area. Rebuilding Together Portland does everything from replacing lightbulbs to drywall repair, including fixes to bathrooms, plumbing, electrical, or painting. They help out low income and disabled homeowner’s who can’t afford to move from their distressed home.
Malone, director of the organization, said there’s been a noticeable increase in need over the last few years, as Portland becomes less affordable.