Community Development
& Home Repair

Stable Home. Brighter Future.

Neighborhood Focus: Portland Neighborhood

Habitat’s Community Development and Home Repair Program (CDR) is focused on the Portland neighborhood. In recent years, the Portland neighborhood has experienced economic growth with several businesses relocating to the neighborhood, however, residents are still struggling to overcome serious health and financial challenges to remain in their homes.

Together, we’re empowering Portland residents to become the stewards of their homes and the leaders of their neighborhood by providing the tools necessary to improve their quality of life.

Only 37% of Portland’s housing is owner-occupied, creating a high risk for displacement of long-time residents. 

There is nearly 12.6 years difference in life expectancy for Portland residents compared to other Louisville neighborhoods.

Residents of the Portland neighborhood are 6 times more likely to be classified as low-income.

I am proud to be a Portland homeowner...

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Community Development​

“Love Your Neighborhood”

Our “Love Your Neighborhood” initiative works hand-in-hand with homeowners, neighborhood residents and community volunteers to repair homes, clean streets and parks, provide access for aging in place and learn from one another; all while maintaining and improving the strength and character of the Portland neighborhood.

The goal is to create successful homeownership and a thriving community by connecting families in need with volunteers to prevent displacement, preserve affordable housing stock and provide a catalyst for homeowners to revitalize their neighborhood.

Our next 2024 “Love Your Neighborhood” event is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th in the Parkland neighborhood! Projects include exterior home repairs and neighborhood beautification of alley/street clean-ups, community park improvements, flower pot painting and more.


Plant in Portland – adopt a raised garden bed!

Interested in having space to grow your own vegetables, spices and flowers?

  • Habitat is offering up its garden beds for Portland residents for free on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • Gardeners will adopt the raised garden bed for a full year and will receive education and technical support from Ag in the City:
    • Preparing the soil
    • Starting the plants
    • Growing
    • Harvesting
    • Gardeners will be responsible for on-going watering
  • Some plants will be provided for the gardeners by Ag in the City but gardeners should bring specific plants and seeds they’d like to grow. 

Community Classes

We frequently host informative sessions for homeowners in the community. Topics range from financial empowerment, DIY home repairs, weatherization, and many more. See below for this year’s class schedule. To secure your spot, please email with your name and the class you wish to attend. There will be door prizes at every event.


February 10, 2024: Financial Empowerment
10-11:30 A.M.
RSVP for location

How to improve your credit rating

Understand property taxes; Homestead Exemption

Legal responsibilities

Avoid home repair scams

Presenters from Chase Bank. Legal Aid Society, and AARP


April 27, 2024: Exterior Home Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
10-11:30 A.M.
RSVP for location

Roof patching

Gutter repair

How to power wash siding

How to weatherize your wooden fence and railing


June 29, 2024: Get It In Writing
10-11:30 A.M.
RSVP for location

How to hire a contractor

Homeowner insurance

Avoiding code violations


July 13, 2024: Small Repair, Big Help
9-10:30 A.M.
RSVP for location

Drywall repair

Installing a security camera

Installing a door knob


August 10, 2024: Plumbing Know-How
9-10:30 A.M.
Habitat Louisville campus
1620 Bank Street 40203


October 19, 2024: Weatherization
RSVP for location

Home Repair

Through our Community Development and Home Repair Program, Habitat expands its investment in historically-neglected neighborhoods in Louisville.  We partner with existing homeowners to help families and individuals affordably maintain and preserve their home, making them healthier, safer and more sustainable.

Our goal for critical and minor repairs is to make a real difference in a homeowner’s living circumstances, helping to provide a warm, safe and dry place to call home. 

Types of Minor Repairs

  • Handrail Installation/Repairs
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Gutter Repair

Types of Critical Repairs

  • Roof Repair
  • Siding Replacement
  • Window and/or Door Replacement
  • HVAC repair
  • Aging-in-place repairs such as converting tubs to showers
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Wheelchair ramps


  • Own & live in your home
  • Reside in one of these zip codes: 40202, 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40215 or 40216.*
  • Income does not exceed 60% of Area Median Income
  • Must be current on mortgage and property taxes
  • Have homeowner’s insurance and current on the payments
  • Willingness to partner with Habitat through sweat equity or a small fee

*Veteran home repair is not restricted to these zip codes.


Notice: Program Application Closure

Due to overwhelming demand we are no longer accepting applications for our Emergency Home Repair Program. If you have already submitted an application, please wait patiently you will receive a call from one of our program managers or a project manager soon.
Please check back for updates on future programs and initiatives in December 2024. Thank you for your understanding.

Sometimes, we receive home repair requests that are outside of our service area or our scope of work. Please take a look at a list of other community organizations that may be able to assist you in your home repairs.

Thank You to Our CDR Sponsors & Partners

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