Thank you to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who recently awarded Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV with a Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) award

Habitat SF/SCV was one of 37 organizations out of 79 eligible applicants to be recommended for funding by a peer panel comprised of knowledgeable representatives of the arts and social service communities to the Board of Supervisors, who voted unanimously to fund these worthy programs. Habitat SF/SCV was one of only 4 organizations providing arts programming in the 5th District, and the only organization providing arts programming to veterans to be awarded this grant.

The grant will support the expansion of trauma-informed art workshops to help veterans and their families manage the struggles that often accompany the military experience. These workshops are offered through the My TIME (My Trauma Informed Military Enrichment®) Program, developed by and licensed from our sister agency Homes 4 Families (Link to: www.homes4families.org), which offers art and music workshops that address issues such as PTSD, TBI, MST, and more. My TIME programming empowers families to become, and stay successful as homeowners and positive contributors to the greater community. The grant will also help to produce traveling arts exhibits in order to spread awareness and increase the numbers and types of services available for veterans with invisible wounds, and demonstrate the importance of art as a healing tool and as a way to communicate the unique culture of the military family in America today.

Thank you again to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Supervisors Kuehl and Barger for supporting the healing and reintegration of low-income veterans as they journey up into the middle class.

About The Community Impact Arts Grant Program

The Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) program recognizes the value of the arts as a vital tool for civic problem solving across a range of issue areas and supports arts programming taking place at nonprofit social service and health organizations, municipal departments and institutions of higher education as part of larger missions to provide services to individuals and communities.

About the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities and 137 unincorporated areas, and provides leadership in cultural services. The Arts Commission funds 364 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, implements Arts for All, the LA County initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education, funds the largest arts internship program in the country, and manages the County’s civic art policy. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the Emmy® Award-winning LA County Holiday Celebration for public television.