Serving Sutherlin, Roseburg and Winston, Oregon (USA)


What We Build

What Are Habitat Houses Like?

Simple, decent and affordable.

Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:

  • Simple: 
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest home sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat homes.

Habitat Houses in North America

Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. Some affiliates also use proven alternative building materials such as adobe or straw bale construction.

U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines dictate that a 3-bedroom Habitat house may have no more than 1,050 square feet of living space.

Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.

Habitat Homes in the Umpqua

We have completed eleven new construction homes, one rehabbed home, and are in the process of starting construction on a new home on Broccoli Street in Roseburg alongside our future homeowners. As a result Umpqua Valley Habitat will have provided decent, affordable housing for a total of 13 families.


"My home provides my kids what they deserve. Because I am no longer moving from house to house, their schedules and routines are not disrupted and their behaviors are not changing. They no longer have to fear or worry about where we are going next. Before, the places we stayed were just houses. Now, this is our home." 

- Megan, one of Umpqua Valley Habitat's homeowners