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 East 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.


Habitat Garden Tool Library

On Saturday, March 27th, 2021, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Habitat will open our Garden Tool Library at the Portland Neighborhood ReStore located at 1631 Rowan Street, 40203. You will be able to rent tools to trim bushes, mow the grass, trim weeds, plant flowers and much more. Tools such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, shovels, rakes and more will be available to rent. 

In order to rent a tool, renters will:

  • Need to have their ID or an official mail piece be photocopied.
  • Pay a $5 fee for hand tools or $15 fee for gas or electric power tools.
  • All charges are reimbursed when the tools are returned to the Portland Neighborhood ReStore by 3:30 pm on March 27. If the tools are not returned on 3/27, a $1/day fee will be deducted from your reimbursement.
  • Limit 2 tools per person

Check out our Events page – Garden Tool Library post for more info to see what tools will be available to rent. 

Home Repair

At Habitat, we believe that decent shelter does not have to mean new shelter. In addition to building new homes, we partner with existing homeowners in the East Portland neighborhood 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

  • Exterior Painting
  • Fence Repairs
  • Handrail Installation/Repairs
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Wheelchair Ramps
  • Gutter Repair

Types of Critical Repairs

  • Roof Repair
  • Siding Replacement
  • Window and/or Door Replacement
  • HVAC repair


  • Own & live in your home
  • 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 and a small fee

Get started today by completing the Home Repair Inquiry form!

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

Home Repair Inquiry Form

We are currently accepting home repair requests from Portland homeowners. If you live outside of this service area, please refer to the “Other Community Resources” document for further assistance.

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