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The Home Depot Foundation Invests to Support Veterans in the Navajo Nation
The Home Depot Foundation today announced it has invested more than $135,000 to turn COVID-19 shielding shelters into permanent housing for U.S. military veterans in the Navajo Nation. In partnership with the nonprofit CORE (Community Organized Relief Efforts), the Foundation will construct 25 shielding structures to enable electricity and other amenities to provide permanent housing solutions for veterans and their families.
The shelters were originally constructed by CORE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. The Home Depot Foundation and CORE will retrofit the shelters with electricity and provision them with hot plates, blinds, space heaters, and smoke and Co2 alarms to provide a safe, comfortable place veterans can call home.
“With the support from The Home Depot Foundation, we’re able to turn these temporary dwellings into sustainable housing solutions for the veterans on the Navajo Nation who selflessly served in the military,” said Laura Cansicio, vice president of partnerships and development at CORE. "As part of our commitment to community empowerment, this partnership will employ local community members to support the construction of the shelters for veterans.”
To date, the 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.