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Clayton® eBuilt™ Tempo Home Will Provide a Haven for Many Families Facing Housing Insecurity in Salem, Oregon

Clayton Donates 16th Home in Partnership with Family Promise

February 13, 2024

SALEM, OR., February 13, 2024 – Clayton, a leading national builder of single-family attainable housing, and Family Promise, a national nonprofit aimed at preventing family homelessness, are partnering together to combat homelessness for families in Salem, OR, and beyond. As part of a broader partnership program, A Future Begins at Home, Clayton is donating a new Tempo home, built to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home™ specifications, to Family Promise of Mid-Willamette Valley to be used as transitional housing for families seeking to rebuild their lives.

Transitional housing is a temporary option that bridges the gap from homelessness to permanent housing by offering structure, case management and other supportive services such as education and training.

"This new home means that a family who is facing homelessness will have a safe place to sleep and a chance for a brighter future,” said TJ Putman, Executive Director of Family Promise of Mid-Willamette Valley. “By working together with Clayton, we’re able to empower families and give them hope in their time of transition."

"It is life-changing for local families to have a safe haven as they take steps toward securing a permanent place to call home," said Susan Brown, Clayton Director of Philanthropy. "Clayton’s partnership with Family Promise is part of our broader vision to improve lives and build a better tomorrow. This home donation represents one component of our national partnership with Family Promise, which has prevented nearly 7,000 families across the country from experiencing the trauma of homelessness and secure stable housing."

For its 16th home donation to Family Promise, Clayton donated a 1,280 sq. ft. Tempo home, which is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom multisection off-site built home featuring drywall, Craftsman exterior details and a Frigidaire® stainless steel appliance package. This is the first multi-section home Clayton has donated to Family Promise, which includes a flex space that can be used as a dining room, office, play area and more. This flex space allows the home to adjust to the needs of any family living in it at that time.

This home is also an eBuilt™ home, which are Clayton homes built to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home™ specifications and are estimated to save up to 50% on annual energy costs1. eBuilt homes are optimized with energy-efficient features, including a Rheem® hybrid water heater, low-E windows with argon gas, ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, LED lighting throughout, an ecobee® smart thermostat, and additional insulation.

Clayton Homes of Albany partnered with the nonprofit to complete the project, and the Clayton Design Team decorated the home, ensuring that it not only meets functional needs but also creates a comforting and inspiring living space for future residents.

“Lack of affordable housing is an issue that affects individuals and families across the country, including here in Oregon,” said Wayne Harder, General Manager at Clayton Homes of Albany. “This transitional home donation shows that off-site built homes can be an excellent option for families of all sizes seeking attainable homeownership.”

This collaborative effort between Clayton Homes of Albany and Family Promise of Mid-Willamette Valley is part of an ongoing national partnership that underscores the power of community partnerships in addressing family homelessness through non-traditional, affordable housing solutions and support services for graduate families.

1 ZERH guidelines

About Clayton
Founded in 1956, Clayton is committed to opening doors to a better life and building happyness® through homeownership. A Berkshire Hathaway company, Clayton is a leading single-family, values-driven home builder dedicated to attainable housing, sustainable practices, and creating a world-class experience for customers and team members. The company’s portfolio includes a comprehensive range of site-built, modern manufactured, Tiny, CrossMod® and modular housing. In 2023, Clayton built more than 52,000 homes across the country. For more information, visit
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About Family Promise
Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that operates in 200+ communities in 43 states. Family Promise delivers innovative solutions for family homelessness including prevention, shelter, and stabilization services. We have served more than one million family members since our founding more than 30 years ago, and we aspire to change the future for one million children by 2030 through our community-based programs. More info can be found at