Mon County Habitat for Humanity

Veterans Build

 

Veterans Build

What is a Veterans Build?
Habitat for Humanity’s national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to US veterans, military service members, and their families.

What activities does Veterans Build support?
The Veterans Build mission is focused on these five inter-related areas:

  1. Build: Provide simple, decent and affordable housing solutions for military, veterans and their families.
  2. Mobilize: Engage military members, veterans, families, veterans’ groups and all military supporters in volunteer programs and veteran-related advocacy.
  3. Employ: Capitalize on skill sets gained from military service with recruitment targeting veterans as Habitat for Humanity International/local affiliate employees, board members and extended volunteers, national service members, interns and fellows.
  4. Educate: Promote cultural competency for Habitat affiliates engaging military and veterans and provide access to financial literacy and homeownership education programs.
  5. Honor: Host regular slate of events highlighting veteran housing needs and honoring their service. Target dates include the 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day, and Veterans Day.

 

Why is Habitat for Humanity focusing on veteran needs?

  • Nearly 4 million veteran households pay more than 30 percent of income for housing.
  • More than 1.5 million of these households pay more than 50 percent of income for housing (severe cost burden).
  • Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance.
  • A substantial subset of veterans struggles economically. Approximately 1.4 million veterans (6.7 percent) live in poverty.

One Response

  1. My two friends and I (all stationed in Germany and deployed to Iraq together) have started a project entitled Operation New Beginning. I moved here from Orlando, FL and Jake from Oregon to provide what ever aid we could and to get this project going. I’ve filed all the preliminary paperwork to become a fully accredited 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization but our goal is to renovate the decrepit and abandoned properties in Uniontown and remodel them in to suitable living quarters for veterans and transitioning militants in need (not just low income or mentally/physically disabled) with a place to stay, decompress, to better prepare themselves for their futures, and to provide what ever moral support and guidance we can. Since it’s just the three of us and all the money for homes, supplies and equipment coming out of our own pockets so far on top of us having either work, school, or both added on top of the task- the process and been quite slow and arduous . We would appreciate any help or support Habitat for Humanity would be willing to provide us. We could use all the help we can get with these renovations. You can view our facebook page to see the first two “works in progress” that will hopefully be followed by many more to come. This not only beautifies a city in decline but helps out tremendously and gives a sense of purpose to our nation’s heroes once released from service. I’ve searched far and wide for a pro-bono veteran friendly attorney willing to help me write the Articles of Incorporation but have had no luck so far.

    Thank you

    Mike
    http://www.facebook.com/OperationNewBeginning

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