Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity on Thursday announced the completion of a net zero, workforce home in Northeast Bend. Habitat says the home is able to produce all the energy it needs through solar power and will serve buyers with higher incomes than most Habitat homes.
“We know that there is an acute need for homes in Bend that are affordable to workforce, or middle-income earners,” Carly Colgan, CEO of Bend-Redmond Habitat, said in a statement. “We are excited to provide a unique homeownership opportunity for locals who are priced out of the market, yet wouldn’t qualify for traditional Affordable housing.”
Here is more from Habitat about the home and who qualifies to buy:
Affordable homeownership projects nationwide are typically restricted to buyers earning under 80% of the Area Median Income ($76,150 for a family of four in 2023). For this project, Habitat leveraged the City of Bend’s Affordable Housing Fund, which can be utilized for buyers up to 100% AMI ($95,200 for a family of four).
Total monthly energy costs for this net zero home are estimated at $12/month, or the cost of hooking up to the grid. This is particularly important considering that low- and moderate-income households are disproportionately affected by energy insecurity. Prices often necessitate renting older or under-maintained homes, causing higher energy consumption and potentially unhealthy living conditions.
“We’re proud to go beyond an affordable mortgage and also ensure low-cost utilities for our homeowners,” Colgan said. “By building energy efficient, affordable homes, we are reducing cost of living expenses, improving overall health, and ensuring families have every opportunity to thrive and grow.”
Habitat’s sustainable building practices reduce mold, rot, and pest issues, while xeriscaping with native plants decreases water consumption, improves drought tolerance, and ensures fire resistance. To mitigate the effects of wildfire smoke and other pollutants, energy recovery ventilation (ERV) filters the outside air supply and improves indoor air quality.
Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity has already selected a buyer for this home. But, the organization is in the planning phase for another single-family, workforce home after being awarded funds from the City of Bend’s Middle-Income Housing Pilot Program.
This home marks another milestone for Habitat as it is the 40th home built since 2021, a primary goal of its Humanity In Action Capital Campaign. Bend-Redmond Habitat is celebrating the success of its landmark Capital Campaign with a Fall Celebration on November 2nd.
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