This month we would like to recognize a new volunteer who has brought huge support to Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV through new association groups and was also a big supporter of our BBQ for the Troops event last month: Charlie Hooker! Charlie has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV since the early planning phases of the BBQ of the Troops event that was held on November 9th, 2013. Charlie is the Commander of the Military Officers of World Wars San Fernando Valley and Omar Bradley Chapters and a member of the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club. Both organizations came out to help at the event, MOWW sponsoring some of the food and materials needed for the event, and Kiwanis of … Read More
SANTA CLARITA — For James Knoles, a disabled Navy veteran, the realization that he was going to soon own his first home was an emotional one. “I really enjoy this opportunity to actually own a home for the first time in the United States,” Knoles said. Knoles was among hundreds who gathered Saturday on Centre Pointe Parkway to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for a future residential development project that will provide low-cost homes to veterans. The ceremony, hosted by Habitat for Humanity and the Greater Los Angeles Area branch of the United Service Organizations, featured a heartfelt recognition to 16 families already approved to live in the new community and to the people involved in making the project a reality. … Read More
Santa Clarita’s first-of-its-kind veterans housing project celebrated a groundbreaking Saturday, a timely event for Veteran’s Day weekend, as the country and community celebrate the contributions and sacrifices from members of the armed forces. The housing project has been a two-year effort involving myriad community partnerships, said Donna Deutchman, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. “Two years of work with Cal Vet, to change an amazing number of regulations in regard to home loans; the city of Santa Clarita, to find the perfect place for our veterans; and the community organizations, to build a real strong group of services our veterans need to achieve self-sufficiency, have now all come together,” Deutchman said. “We’re ready … Read More
Several of the first 12 families approved to move into the veterans housing project that’s being built on Centre Pointe Parkway next to Bowman High School took part in a formal groundbreaking ceremony Saturday. The 87-home community is a project of the Santa Clarita Valley-San Fernando Valley branch of Habitat for Humanity, in conjunction with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s envisioned as an “enriched neighborhood” with affordable housing and back-to-the-workforce help for returning veterans and their families. Saturday’s ceremony, emceed by local attorney and Habitat board member Hunt Braly, included an announcement of streets to be named for volunteers and partners who spearheaded the project from the concept phase through the beginning of actual construction. One street is … Read More
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