In a statement released by the executive directors of the Springfield/Eugene and Cottage Grove Area Habitat for Humanity, the organizations announced they would be merging.
“We have been looking at ways to collaborate with the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity affiliate to better meet the growing need for affordable homeownership and home repair opportunities in Lane County,” the release read.
Habitat for Humanity currently serves Cottage Grove with its latest project, a home for the Parsons family breaking ground earlier this year. It marked the 13th home in the area.
“The cost of rent is increasing faster than wages, housing stock is scarce and homeownership is increasingly out of reach for local families,” the release read. “We believe that by combining our administrative costs and deploying our resources more effectively to where they are needed, we will provide safe, decent, affordable homes for more families and complete more repair projects on a local level.”
According to Habitat for Humanity, the Cottage Grove office will remain open and Linda Oxley will remain on site as office manager, coordinating local volunteer scheduling, local construction and repair project support as well as donor development, fundraising and event planning.
The merger is planned for completion by the end of 2017 with corporate offices headquartered in Eugene.