(The Center Square) – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats from Oregon, announced the federal government is giving a loan of over $1.1 million to Habitat for Humanity in Tillamook to provide space for its retail operations and administrative offices.
Wyden said the funding will help provide more housing for the state’s residents.
“In my town halls in Tillamook County and throughout the state, I hear from Oregon families and businesses that housing poses a huge challenge,” Wyden said. “Housing is a human right, and Habitat for Humanity has been on the frontline providing much-needed homes for Oregonians struggling to afford a roof over their heads. This investment will allow Habitat for Humanity to continue serving the citizens of Tillamook County for years to come.”
Merkley also praised Habitat for Humanity for its efforts.
“Everyone should have a safe, affordable place to call home. This federal investment heading to Habitat for Humanity in Tillamook County will help more rural Oregonians access quality housing,” Merkley said. “I have seen firsthand the difference that accessible homeownership makes for families and the inspiring dedication of Habitat’s staff and volunteers, who are working to realize a world where everyone has a decent home in a decent community.”
The organization will use the $1.13 million Rural Development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase an 8,625-square-foot commercial facility for Habitat for Humanity of Tillamook County’s ReStore’s retail operations and administrative offices.
“Habitat for Humanity works with families, local communities, volunteers, and partners to enable more people to live in affordable and safe homes,” a release said. “Its advocacy focuses on policy reform to remove systemic barriers preventing low-income and historically underserved families from having access to adequate, affordable shelter.”
Habitat only takes government funding as long as it has no conditions that violate its principles or “limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity,” the organization’s website says.