About Us

Banyan provides critical repairs, modifications and resource-conserving upgrades to low-income homeowners in the Portland Area. By mobilizing donated funds and in-kind supply contributions, we restore safe, healthy and energy efficient living environments for those who cannot afford critical repairs. While Banyan will seek to serve all residents making less than 80% of median area income, priority will be given to the elderly, those with disabilities, U.S. military veterans, families with children, and other demographics at particular risk for housing insecurity.

In the long term, Banyan will look to address issues underlying housing insecurity. Using our design and construction background we will develop single, multi-family, and mixed use housing in order to increase the supply of affordable housing throughout Oregon. In order to maintain the affordability of these units, Banyan will also act as both property manager and land bank, allowing us to help moderate the economic fluctuations that can adversely affect access to housing.

Our Federal Employer Identification Number is: 81-4428721

Management Team

James Ellis, P.E., M.P.A.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida's Civil Engineering Department and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Government, James has been working in construction and public works for nearly 15 years. Passionate about creating safe and healthy housing for his neighbors, James is Banyan's Executive Director and principal engineer.


  • OR PE #92388
  • NC PE #041357
  • OR Residential GC #215162
  • Certified Lead Renovator

Tim Erkel

A graduate of Macalester College in St .Paul, Mn, Tim is a long time alumni of Rebuilding Togerther, having served in the Twin Cities, Seattle, WA, and Raleigh, NC. Having worked his way from AmeriCorps member to Field Operations Manager, Tim joins the Banyan Team as Program Director, heading up our homeowner relations and development activities, among all the other things we lump on him.


  • Certified Lead Renovator 
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Sam Humphreys

Sam comes to the Banyan team as our Construction Director. With more than 30 years experience as a residential remodeler, developer and construction consultant in Portland, Sam heads up our construction program - developing project plans, project scopes, and scheduling.


  • Certified Lead Renovator