If you've been following us for awhile, you know how much we appreciate American Heroes... people like Brad Snyder (US Navy), Randy Regan (NYFD), Kevin Killian (SoCal Police), Melissa Stockwell (US Army), Rob Jones (US Marines) and many more!!
US Military Veterans are American Heroes who make tremendous sacrifices and take on extraordinary risks for the benefit of the American public. It only makes sense that when their service is complete, these Military Veterans should have a place to call home.
And apparently, the SCV Habitat For Heroes agrees!
Habitat For Heroes is a non-profit organization in the city of Santa Clarita (in north Los Angeles County). Their goal is to "address the needs of those heroes who have served our nation, and all of us, with courage and honor." The Habitat For Heroes does this specifically in the area of housing.
According to the Habitat For Heroes, roughly 80,000 US Military Veterans who served after 9/11 are spending more than 50% of their income on housing. This situation, along with a challenging economy, has created financial hardship for many veterans, especially in the city of Santa Clarita. Per capita, Santa Clarita has one of highest concentrations of Military Veterans. Of the city's 250,000 residents, over 10,000 are war veterans.
So Habitat For Heroes recently announced an exciting project, in coordination with the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet).
CalVet will provide $21 million for Habitat For Heroes to develop and build 87 new homes in a village dedicated to veterans. Local veterans will then be able to apply to purchase one of these affordable homes!
This is a terrific program. And ought to be a model for other communities to follow!
Veterans Day is coming up... on Nov 11th. For the independence and freedom we all enjoy, our US Military Veterans deserve to be remembered and honored!!
Check out this AWESOME video about the program...