Volunteer Attorney

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Habitat for Humanity Portland/ Metro East

Volunteer Attorney

Supervisor: Loretta Kelly, Lending and Compliance Manager

Timeframe: Ongoing volunteer commitment, infrequent hours as needed

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is moving to a permanently affordable homeownership model for all its homes starting in 2019. All Habitat homes will be affordable not only to the first homebuyer, but to subsequent buyers in the future. An Affordability Covenant is recorded against each home to assure permanent affordability. Our partner, Proud Ground will manage the resale of the homes.

Habitat believes that it is important for homebuyers to review the affordability documents with a "disinterested third party" who is able to answer questions about the documents. Habitat is looking for attorneys who will review the Affordability Covenant, along with the Warranty Deed and the Trust Deed with the homebuyers.

Generally, this meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. Some Habitat homebuyers do not speak English. Habitat/Proud Ground will provide an interpreter for those homebuyers that request one. Interpretation services may add 15 minutes to this timeframe.

Habitat and Proud Ground staff will provide an overview of the documents and answer any questions for the attorneys before any meetings with homebuyers.


Review permanent affordability documents, typically an affordability covenant, warranty deed and trust deed, with homebuyers

Answer homebuyer questions about the affordability documents

Sign review document stating that you reviewed the documents with the homebuyers


Familiarity with Oregon Real Estate and Condominium law

Willingness to work with first time homebuyers

Willingness to work with homebuyers needing interpreters

Ongoing volunteer commitment, partnership of one year or more

Please submit a statement regarding why you are interested in volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and your resume with related experience to Loretta Kelly at loretta@habitatportlandmetro.org with "Volunteer Attorney" in the subject, or call 503.287.9529 x 34 with questions.

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East believes that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable homeownership, everyone can help people achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.

More opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Portland/ Metro East

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Habitat for Humanity Portland/ Metro East


PO Box 11527, 1478 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97211, US

Mission Statement

To create successful homeownership by partnering hardworking families in need with the community to build healthy, affordable homes.

Our Values
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness - We believe that all people deserve a simple, decent place to live, and have something to contribute in building homes and helping our communities. We welcome people from all walks of life to partner with our program.
  • Homeownership - We believe in the power of homeownership to affirm dignity, encourage hope, and transform lives. A healthy, stable home improves the quality of life, both for the family and the community.
  • Families as Partners - We believe that dignity is promoted not simply by living in an adequate house, but by fully contributing to the process of building and buying that home and helping others acquire adequate shelter.
  • Volunteerism - We believe in the volunteer spirit and are committed to offering rewarding volunteer experiences.
  • Stewardship - We are committed to excellence, to efficient use of our financial, environmental, and human resources, and we are accountable to our funders, volunteers, and family partners.
  • Collaboration - We strive to create strong, productive partnerships with organizations and area housing providers toward our common goal of eliminating substandard housing.


Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East serves Multnomah County and northern Clackamas County and has the ability to reach out to families one step away from homelessness. Habitat sells homes to hardworking people in need of decent, affordable housing. We are an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-denominational Christian housing ministry and global home-building movement. We welcome people from all walks of life to partner with our program to serve families in need with generosity, humility and love.

Homeless & Housing
Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


1478 NE Killingsworth St.PO Box 11527Portland, OR 97211



  • Real Estate & Leasing
  • Legal (General)
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+



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