Soaring construction prices impacting Green Country Habitat for Humanity

TULSA, Okla. — Green Country Habitat for Humanity says the soaring price of construction materials is making it more challenging to provide affordable housing. It’s also an issue Habitat for Humanity is seeing in other parts of the country.

The National Association of Home Builders says the price of lumber has increased more than 300% since April 2020.

President and CEO of Green Country Habitat for Humanity Cameron Walker says over the last year and a half, they’ve seen a shortage of materials and soaring prices on raw materials. They’ve also not been able to have volunteers, who play a huge role in constructing the homes, since the pandemic started.

Walker says they’ve had to increase the price of some homes, and the non-profit is filling in the gap for homeowners depleting their down payment assistance fund quicker.

He says if the trend continues, they won’t be able to build as many homes and they’ll have to serve fewer families.

Walker says he does see some hope, with prices slowly going down, and donations starting to pick back up. All of these challenges come at the same time Green Country Habitat for Humanity is on track to build a record number of homes in 2021, 50 to 55 by the end of the year.

Green Country Habitat for the Humanity will also open up volunteer positions starting July 1. For more information on how to help, visit greencountryhabitat.org.