The Home Depot Foundation Improves More Than 10,000 Units of Veterans’ Housing in Effort to Ensure Every Veteran Has a Safe Place to Call Home

March 26, 2014

Foundation Announces Nearly $4 Million in Additional Grants for Veterans’ Housing, Part of Five-Year, $80 Million Commitment

ATLANTA, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Home Depot® Foundation announced an additional $3.9 million in grants to organizations across the country that address veterans’ housing needs. The recent round of grants brings the Foundation’s financial contributions to the issue to $65.7 million since launching its mission in the spring of 2011 of ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home. To date, donations made by The Home Depot Foundation have impacted more than 10,200 units of veterans’ housing.


In the most recent round of grants, The Home Depot Foundation is providing project funding that includes:

    --  $1.7 million to nonprofits to repair or construct 323 units of permanent
        supportive housing for veterans, including 225 units that serve veterans
        with families.
    --  $800,000 to nonprofits that will provide transitional housing to 131
        homeless veterans.
    --  $400,000 to a nonprofit organization that offers 58 women veterans and
        their families a permanent supportive housing solution.
    --  $875,000 to provide critical home repairs and maintenance to 126
        single-family homes owned by veterans and their families.

“We know that too many veterans struggle with issues related to housing: nearly 60,000 U.S. veterans are homeless on any given night, and women veterans, many of whom have children, are the fastest-growing segment of this homeless population, while several million others live with a service-connected disability,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “As we work toward our mission of ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home, we are committed to funding nonprofit organizations that address veterans’ needs at every point on the housing continuum.”

The Home Depot Foundation’s latest grants to organizations that address veterans’ housing needs include:

             Grant Amount                      Organization                           Location                                  Primary Focus of Grant
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                          $500,000 Community Solutions                  Washington, D.C.                      Support the new construction of 125 units of affordable
                                                                                                              housing, including 60 for veterans; units targeted to
                                                                                                              formerly homeless veterans using Housing First model.
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                          $300,000 Center for Veterans Issues           Green Bay, WI                         Support construction of Veterans Manor, a new 50-unit
                                                                                                              permanent supportive housing facility for veterans.
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                          $300,000  Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Los Angeles, CA                       Provide critical home repairs to 25 low-income veteran
                                    Angeles                                                                   homeowners and their families.
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                          $300,000 PATH Ventures                        Los Angeles, CA                       Support construction of Vermont Villas,  which will have 80
                                                                                                              one-bedroom permanent supportive housing units, including
                                                                                                              41 units reserved for low-income and homeless veterans,
                                                                                                              veterans with small families and veterans with a
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                          $300,000 USO                                  Fort Belvoir, VA and Bethesda, MD     Support the construction of USO Warrior and Family Center
                                                                                                              at Fort Belvoir, VA and Walter Reed National Military
                                                                                                              Medical Center.
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                          $275,000 National League of Cities            Washington, D.C./ Nationwide          Support programs and events that aim to eliminate and
                                                                                                              prevent veteran homelessness in cities across the country.
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                          $250,000 Longview Housing Authority           Longview, WA                          Renovate three housing sites, totaling 25 units for
                                                                                                              homeless and low-income veterans and their families.
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                          $200,000 HELP USA                             Philadelphia, PA                      Support the construction of an affordable housing facility
                                                                                                              that will have 60 units, including at least 12
                                                                                                              specifically for veterans.
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                          $200,000 Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh       Pittsburgh, PA                        Provide critical home repairs and accessibility
                                                                                                              modifications for 35 veteran homeowners and their
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                          $200,000 The Empowerment Program              Denver, CO                            Support the construction of Odyssey Family Residences, 36
                                                                                                              permanent affordable housing units for women veterans with
                          --------              -----------------------                           ---------- ----------------------------------------------------------

                          $200,000 Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity     Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN              Support construction of new homes for two veteran families;
                                                                                                              provide critical home repairs to five veteran homeowners;
                                                                                                              and provide home repairs and accessibility modifications
                                                                                                              to 15 veteran homeowners.


                          $200,000 Veterans Village of San Diego        San Diego, CA                         Support the construction of Women's Veterans Center, 20
                                                                                                              one-bedroom transitional affordable housing units for
                                                                                                              homeless women veterans.
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                          $200,000  Women's Institute for Housing and   Newington, CT                         Support the construction of a permanent supportive housing
                                    Economic Development                                                      facility for 74 veterans and their families, including 22
                                                                                                              women veterans.
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                          $175,000 Meals on Wheels Atlanta              Atlanta, GA                           Provide critical home repairs and energy-efficiency
                                                                                                              improvements for 44 veteran homeowners and their families.
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                          $100,000 Buffalo Valley                       Nashville, TN                         Support development of Patriot Place, which includes 30
                                                                                                              units of permanent supportive housing for formerly
                                                                                                              homeless veterans and their families.
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                          $100,000 Caritas Communities                  Boston, MA                            Convert vacant police precinct into Patriot Homes, a
                                                                                                              24-unit affordable housing complex for veterans and their
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                          $100,000  Hoosier Veterans Assistance         Indianapolis, IN                      Renovate Warman Woods, a transitional housing facility that
                                    Foundation                                                                houses 47 veterans.
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                           $85,000 Three Hots and a Cot                 Birmingham, AL                        Complete rehab and renovations on nine properties that
                                                                                                              offer permanent supportive housing to 44 veterans and
                                                                                                              their families.
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For more about The Home Depot Foundation’s efforts to address veterans’ housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation or visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $65 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

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