TULSA, Oklahoma – Green Country Habitat for Humanity says rising prices for building materials are making it more difficult to provide affordable housing. It’s also a problem that Habitat for Humanity sees in other parts of the country.

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

Cameron Walker, President and CEO of Green Country Habitat for Humanity, says they have seen material shortages and rising commodity prices over the past year and a half. They also couldn’t have volunteers, who have been a big part of building the homes since the pandemic began.

Walker says they had to raise the prices of some homes, and the nonprofit is filling the void for homeowners who are using up their down payment assistance fund faster.

He says that if the trend continues, they won’t be able to build as many houses and have fewer families to support.

Walker says he sees some hope as prices are slowly falling and donations are rising again. All of these challenges come at the same time that Green Country Habitat for Humanity is well on its way to building a record number of homes in 2021, 50-55 by the end of the year.

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