The Home Depot

The Home Depot is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans and Volunteers of America has partnered with them to provide quality homes to veterans and their families nationwide.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has given nearly $10 million to Volunteers of America affiliates to improve housing solutions for homeless veterans and their families. The partnership between the two organizations has funded more than 73 veterans' housing projects, providing more than 2,500 units for veterans, including more than 400 units specifically for women veterans and their families.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition report from November 2013, recent trends suggest that the number of households that are disproportionately burdened by housing costs will continue to increase; this includes households with a veteran with a disability and female-headed veteran households. The same report states that more than 60% of transitional housing programs funded by the VA do not accept children, or have many constraints on age and numbers, leaving Veteran families who are homeless with fewer housing options offered by the VA when what they really need is permanent, affordable housing.

In Sacramento, we are seeing families who are facing these challenges. By providing Permanent Supportive Housing, we can help these families avoid homelessness. To impact this rising issue, The Home Depot generously awarded $120,000 to Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada to support the renovation of an existing 12-unit apartment complex, including new plumbing, electrical, flooring, bathrooms, and kitchens. These units are being updated as rentals for homeless families with a veteran head of household, more specifically, chronically homeless veteran families or disabled veteran families.

In addition to the grants, Volunteers of America affiliates are supported by Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force. Team Depot volunteers have already made a difference at Volunteers of America homeless veteran housing sites across the country.

Thank you, The Home Depot, for your constant support of Volunteers of America and for helping America’s most vulnerable.

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