Author Archives: Kyle Ellerbe

Molalla home

New Beginnings

A special housewarming party drew a happy crowd in front of a new yellow house on a hill outside Molalla just before Labor Day. Homeowner Shilah James’ family just moved in, two years after the 2020 Riverside wildfires destroyed their home. “It’s probably going to be winter before we realize, we have a house. I’m […]

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Summer Interns Build Resumes

Sophie Mancione juggled vases in her arms as internship boss Brittainy Tiffany sent her to decorate a bedroom at the NW Natural Street of Dreams. “You got it, got to be efficient, what do I always say? No wasted trips.”  Tiffany team members tell us styling these show homes is like “Fashion Week” a high- […]

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Powerful Picnic Table Project

More than 40,000 Portland Oregon residents saw the direct impact of HBF encouraging careers in residential construction this summer. Home Builders Foundation-Home Aid Portland (HBF) leveraged funds from the National Housing Endowment’s Career Connections Grant to create a project that inspires future builders, and helps Portland’s homeless population. HBF staff wanted to connect local construction […]

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Hot Summer Nights

HBF made a strong showing at the 2022 NW Natural Street of Dreams. Our raffle for two tickets on Alaska Air during the Block Party July 20 netted $2800, and donations given to HBF through ticket sales brought in another $4800. All told, $7600 raised will help our projects. In addition, this year we were […]

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Auction Catalogs

Gala History

When Home Builder’s Association leaders created the Metro Portland Housing Industry Foundation 25 years ago, they decided to bankroll the new venture with a big party. “Indiana George and the First Crusade” was the inaugural event’s theme back in 1998, chaired by HBA leader George Lorance. As HBA CEO Dave Nielsen explains “The first auctions […]

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Day Shelter in Hillsboro

Unique Shelter Projects Ahead for HBF

This spring, the Home Builders Foundation Board of Directors approved two new shelter projects in the outskirts of the Portland metro region. The first project, a transitional overnight shelter called Newberg Harvest House, will serve as the featured charity project for this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams in Yamhill County. The second project is […]

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Builders at Bat for HomePlate

While a construction crane beeped overhead, a Rick’s Custom Fencing and Decking crew drove posts into the ground this spring in front of HomePlate Youth Services new building in Beaverton. HomePlate Executive Bridget Calfee says the project is really coming together. “We couldn’t have done it without Home Builders Foundation and the fantastic donations of […]

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