Bend-Redmond Habitat Receives $6,000 Grant from Washington Federal Foundation

((L-R) Alexander Nelson, Lenka Moor, Scott Nordquist and Scott Rohrer | Photo courtesy of Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity)

Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity has received a $6,000 grant from The Washington Federal Foundation to support affordable homeownership in Bend.

“Our nonprofit partner relationships are important to us,” said Kristi Ellefson, marketing communication and foundation manager for the Washington Federal Bank Foundation. “Together we support the health and vibrancy of the communities we serve.”

Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the continuing partnership with Washington Federal Foundation to advance affordable homeownership in Central Oregon. “In a region where hardworking families and individuals are frequently priced out of the housing market, this project addresses a critical community need,” said Scott Nordquist, director of grants management for Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity. “Each new Habitat home provides a deserving family with a brighter future — with the pride, stability, and wealth building opportunities that go along with homeownership.”

The grant will be used for the construction of 12 townhomes off of SE 27th St in Bend. Habitat homeowners help build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Program families earn between 40-80 percent of the area median income and participate in about 12 months of homeownership and financial counseling and training. Habitat Homeowners prepare for the responsibilities of homeownership including building savings, planning for move-in costs, and learning basic home maintenance and repairs.

“On behalf of Wafd Bank, we are honored to help support Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity for all the good they do in our communities,” said Lenka Moor, assistant vice president of Mortgage Banking at Bend’s WaFd Bank. “As neighbors we become stronger and better when we help to lift up others.”

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