The Hayden Opportunity Fund is excited to accept nominations for its judging panel, which will determine $150,000 in grants to three cities, county governments or stakeholder agencies in Oregon, Washington and Idaho for their efforts to solve the housing affordability crisis in their communities. 


The Hayden Opportunity Fund for Housing Affordability, an initiative of Hayden Homes, was created to address the housing crisis faced in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in 2020, grants in the amount of $100,000, $30,000 and $20,000 will be awarded for the top three most innovative solutions.


There are many deserving, innovative housing solutions being attempted throughout the Pacific Northwest, which is why the fund needs a well-discerning panel of judges. The panel will be able to make a real impact on the housing crisis by recognizing innovative ideas in housing affordability, including those that can be replicated across the region and the nation. 


“We are seeking individuals who are making a difference in their community and who are committed to seeing housing affordability and availability improve in the Northwest,” said Deborah Flagan, Vice President of Community Engagement at Hayden Homes.


If you would like to nominate a judge, please visit or contact us. There, you can find program details, requirements and guidelines for the fund and its panel.


“At Hayden Homes, we have been right in the heart of the housing availability conversation for 30 years,” said Dennis Murphy, CEO of Hayden Homes. “We’ve made it our mission to work with communities to design high quality neighborhoods and homes that offer homeownership to families across the income spectrum. But as the years have gone by, it’s gotten harder and harder to achieve.  We need leadership from local governments and stakeholders who refuse to leave this problem for others to solve, and with The Opportunity Fund, we will do our part to support and recognize that leadership, innovation and collaboration.”


The fund will specifically recognize those projects or programs that develop innovative solutions such as; code and zoning changes, re-prioritization of land for home-building, permitting process changes, reduction of regulatory barriers, reduced infrastructure requirements, creation of incentives, pilot projects, offering credit or reduced fees to builders serving community interests, as well as creative financing for homeowners.


The government or organization earning the largest grant will receive an engraved trophy, a ceremony at a public meeting of their choice, a party for their staff and public recognition throughout the Pacific Northwest for their leadership in housing affordability and availability. For more information visit 


About Hayden Homes

Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 17,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed $3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than $18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 82 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.


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