To better serve an urgent need for affordable homeownership and home repair in Lane County, Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity is merging with nearby Cottage Grove Area Habitat for Humanity to create a single affiliate that will be known as Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane.
There is an increasing need for services like the ones Habitat provides in Lane County. The cost of rent is increasing faster than wages, housing stock is scarce, and homeownership is increasingly out of reach for local families. With a desire to better meet this growing need, our affiliates have been looking at ways that we might collaborate to:
- Better serve central and southeast Lane County
- Expand opportunities for people to engage with Habitat
- Shelter more families here and abroad
- Improve outreach to rural communities within our service areas
Ultimately, we made the exciting decision to merge the two organizations into one affiliate, becoming Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane, serving central and southeast Lane County. This decision was reached after more than a year of careful thought and discussion. All staff from both affiliates will continue with the new organization and the boards of directors will combine and include representatives of both affiliates. The ReStores in Cottage Grove and Eugene will continue to operate in their respective locations, and we will continue pursuing our plan to open a ReStore in Springfield.
By combining our administrative costs and deploying resources more effectively to where they are needed, we hope to be able to provide safe, decent, affordable homes to more families and complete more repair projects on a local level. Our combined efforts will also enable us to serve more families internationally through Habitat for Humanity International. Additionally we can provide more opportunities for the very dedicated volunteers of the Cottage Grove area to joyfully serve Habitat’s mission.
We will complete the merger by the end of 2017, and will remain headquartered at our Eugene office on 1210 Oak Patch Road. We would like to thank our many donors, volunteers, sponsors, and faith and community partners for their partnership. Please contact us at 541-741-1707 with any comments, questions or concerns you might have on the matter. Linda Oxley with the Cottage Grove office can be reached at 541-767-0358.