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On June 7 Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its nine-home cottage site, NW Cottages, near College Way on the west side of Bend. Bend-Redmond Habitat has worked in partnership with the original landowner, Dirk and Judy Van Houweling, to develop these lots for affordable housing. The cottage homes will be built and sold to families earning between 40 percent and 80 percent of the area median income (AMI). These families will work side by side doing sweat equity with our volunteers prior to signing a 30-year below market rate loan. NW Cottages will be constructed over the next year. Currently, Bend-Redmond Habitat has seven homes under construction.
Scott Rohrer, executive director of Bend-Redmond Habitat, says, “We could not accomplish any of this without the generous and committed support of our community and the Van Houweling’s. We are so grateful for the tireless work of our volunteers and for the financial support of so many. Together, we are building a community where every person will have a stable, decent, and affordable place to call home.”