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Rooted Homes (formerly Kor) Building Sustainable Communities

We believe that people who work in Bend, should be able to live in Bend as well. Solaire is proud to partner with Rooted Homes (formerly Kôr Community Land Trust) to build sustainable, net-zero energy affordable homes for Central Oregonians. Rooted Homes serves Central Oregon’s workforce – those who qualify for a mortgage but cannot afford to purchase a home in the rising local market while their own wages remain stagnant.

Rooted Homes (formerly Kor) Building Sustainable Communities

Rooted at 19th in Redmond

RootedHomes is excited to announce that two projects in Redmond have been fully funded by Oregon Housing and Community Services. The first community, Rooted at 19th, is comprised of 23 net-zero energy homes located at 345 NW 19th Street in Redmond. Rooted at 19th will be developed by Solaire Homebuilders and include new construction of 2 and 3-bedroom duplexes, as well as the preservation of a 4-bedroom 100+ year old farmhouse. The community will primarily serve households earning less than 80% AMI but will include one home for a household earning less than 120% AMI.

RootedHomes and Solaire Homebuilders will also be preserving the 4-bedroom 100+ year old single-family farmhouse on this property and installing energy efficient technologies that will be available for a household making over 80% of the Area Median Income of Deschutes County. Farmhouse details: beds: 4 | baths: 2 | floors: 2 | est. sq ft: 1600. In partnership with The Environmental Center, the community will include a large community garden that will be used by homeowners and as outdoor classroom for Redmond public school students to expand sustainability efforts in the greater community.

Rooted at 19th is expected to begin construction in early Fall 2024, with homebuyers selected in early 2025 and home closings by Summer 2025.

Poplar Community

Rooted Home’s third permanently affordable homeownership community. This SW Bend community includes six homes for households earning less than 89% AMI and one home with an Individual Tax Identification Number earning up to 120% AMI. These goal net-zero energy homes are two-story, three bedroom and two bath home designed by Ten Over Studio. The design aims to benefit the community and connect people to their surroundings while leaving a minimal environmental footprint. Each unit will be permanently affordable through the Community Land Trust model, serving the community’s affordable housing needs for generations. Community features include one electric bike per household, a shared common area and community gardens. The Poplar Community is in partnership with Housing Works of Central Oregon and was built by Solaire Homebuilders.

Poplar Community was completed in early 2024.

Fast Facts:

  • 7 Homes on SW Poplar Avenue in Southwest Bend, Oregon.
  • 4 Homes prioritized for our local workforce.
  • 1300 square feet.
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bath.
  • Goal Net-Zero Energy Homes with Solar.
  • For Households earning less than 80% AMI.

Team:

Humane Society of Central Oregon

ANIMAL WELFARE

Humane Society of Central Oregon

Our President and Vice President, Geoff and MaryLea Harris, and their two daughters have volunteered with the Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) since 2017. They regularly foster rescue kittens to help them get adopted by their forever families. Did you know that MaryLea painted the large painting in the lobby at HSCO? You can see it on social media adoption posts when new pet parents pose with their fur babies on the lobby loveseat in front of it.

WOMEN IN THE ARTS

Local Scholarship

The MaryLea Harris Scholarship for Women in the Arts was founded in 2018. MaryLea is a Co-Owner and President of Solaire; she is also a local artist showing her paintings around Central Oregon at small businesses and First Friday events.

“I believe in investing in our future and giving as I go,” says MaryLea Harris. “I give a portion of my proceeds from the sale of my artwork every year to a graduating female high school student from Jefferson, Deschutes, or Crook County. It is a scholarship for a student interested in pursuing a career in the field of visual arts with a demonstrated interest in the field of visual art or pursuing a degree in Museum Arts, Art Education, or Graphic Design. This scholarship has traditionally been given in conjunction with the Central Oregon Scholastic Art Awards. This is an inclusive LGBTQ scholarship opportunity available for local female or female-identifying high school students.”

Solaire Cares

Solaire Homebuilders empowers each of our team members to make an impact in our local community through the Solaire Homebuilders Matching Gift Program. The program matches each team members charitable contributions at 4 times their donation up to $1,000 annually.

These are a few of the charities supported by Solaire Team Members:

Rooted Homes (formerly Kor) Building Sustainable Communities
Furnish Hope
Humane Society of Central Oregon
First Story a cause worth building
First Story a cause worth building
University of Wisconsin Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

Rooted Homes (formerly Kor) Building Sustainable Communities
Furnish Hope
Humane Society of Central Oregon
First Story a cause worth building
First Story a cause worth building
University of Wisconsin Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

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