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The Home Depot Foundation Announced a $600,000 Grant to U.S.VETS to Combat Veteran Homelessness
The Home Depot Foundation today announced its commitment of $600,000 to support two housing facilities in Phoenix and Riverside, California.
The Home Depot Foundation will invest $300,000 to provide housing and access to critical supportive services for more than 180 homeless and at-risk veterans in Maricopa County, in partnership with U.S.VETS.
The funds will enable U.S.VETS to renovate a former motel to become the area’s newest veteran housing facility, where clients will also have access to counseling, treatment and other services vital to help veterans transition to civilian life. Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, will also conduct several outdoor landscaping and beautification projects when the renovation is closer to completion.
“We’re committed to ensuring every veteran in Maricopa County, the state, and the country has access to a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Michelle Jameson, Executive Director of U.S.VETS – Phoenix. “Through our long-standing partnership with The Home Depot Foundation and this new facility, we’ll be able to get closer to achieving our goal of ending veteran homelessness in Phoenix.”
The facility is projected to open to its first residents in the fall of 2021.
In Riverside, California:
The Home Depot Foundation has also granted $300,000 to U.S.VETS-Inland Empire to support the construction of a new housing facility that will serve 60 homeless and at-risk veterans in Riverside, California.
The March Veterans Village Building #1 will include 15 two-bedroom, apartment-style units for veterans and their families. Residents also have access to on-site career, counseling and case management services from U.S.VETS staff.
“Due to the increase in the cost of living and lack of affordable housing in the area, many low-income veterans in Riverside and surrounding communities are at-risk of homelessness,” said Nicole Starks-Murray, Executive Director at U.S.VETS—Inland Empire. “Through our work with The Home Depot Foundation and other funders of the March Veterans Village, we’re one step closer to achieving a future where every veteran has a comfortable, safe place to call home.”
The facility is slated to open to its first residents in August 2021. When completed, the entire campus will provide housing for more than 400 veterans and their families.
To date, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes, including making critical home repairs for combat wounded veterans, providing financial assistance and helping senior veterans age independently in their own homes.