Veterans Build is a national program of Habitat International. As in all programs, each separate affiliate is asked to bring its community’s unique needs and its unique assets to this program. Here at Habitat SF/SCV, our veterans and their families benefit from our collaboration program, Enriched Neighborhood® communities that provides housing services coupled with Enrichment Services. We also bring volunteer opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members, and their families.
Our core goal in this program is to build veteran-specific Enriched Neighborhoods® in North Los Angeles City and County in collaboration with the California Department of Veteran Affairs. We are currently doing this in Sylmar, where we recently completed a 12-home community and Santa Clarita where we are building an 78-home community.
Click here to see a letter about this program from CalVet Secretary General, Peter Gravett.
The Enrichment Services offered in this program go beyond basic life skills and self-sufficiency training to also include services specifically tailored to help veterans and their families reintegrate back into civilian life after service. This includes university based Post Traumatic Stress counseling, art workshops for trauma victims, ensuring connections to all entitled military benefits and much more.
As part of this program, we have also completed several Critical Home Repairs/Disability Modifications for low-income and disabled veterans who are in need of repairs or modifications to their home in order for it to remain affordable and safe for the veteran and their family.
Through our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), we renovated the local American Legion Hall in downtown Newhall and are offering our veteran-specific Enrichment Services to the surrounding schools and non-profit centers in our NRI service areas.
To learn more about the need for veteran housing in LA County, Click here.
What activities does Veterans Build support?
The Veterans Build mission is focused on these five inter-related areas:
- Build: Provide simple, decent and affordable housing solutions for military, veterans and their families.
- Mobilize: Engage military members, veterans, families, veterans’ groups and all military supporters in volunteer programs and veteran-related advocacy.
- 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.
- Educate: Promote cultural competency for Habitat affiliates engaging military and veterans and provide access to financial literacy and homeownership education programs.
- 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.