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ATLANTA, August 8, 2022

ATLANTE, August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Habitat for Humanity International has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a program to increase affordable homeownership opportunities among the veteran population in the United States. United

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Veterans who are enrolled in Habitat’s Veterans Build program at affiliates of Saginaw, Mich., Mingo County, West Virginia., and Will and DuPage Counties, Illinois, and the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program will be able to use their HUD-VASH Housing Choice Rental Assistance Voucher to partially subsidize homeownership expenses. ownership for up to 10 or 15 years depending on the mortgage term of building their affordable home. Under the pilot project, the VA will provide case management and ongoing clinical services to registered veterans to help prevent future personal and housing crises.

“The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for veterans. A struggle to adjust or difficulty obtaining essentials such as housing, employment, education and health care can lead to homelessness, unemployment or chronic health problems,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “At Habitat, we know that decent and affordable housing provides enormous social and economic benefits. Veterans have sacrificed so much to serve our country. It is our responsibility to serve them by helping them find long-term stability through safe and affordable housing. “

The National Low-Income Housing Coalition previously estimated that more than 25% of veteran households in the United States are cost-burdened. Of these, an estimated 1.5 million are heavily burdened with costs, spending more than 50% of their income on housing.

Habitat’s Veterans Build program seeks to address this issue by partnering with veterans and their families to improve their lives through the construction of new homes, essential home repairs, engagement and support. community education, vocational training and employment opportunities.

“President Biden has said that America’s sacred obligation is to ensure troops sent into harm’s way are prepared and veterans and their families are cared for when they return home,” he said. Monica Diaz, executive director of the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Homeless Programs. “This partnership will be integral to fulfilling that obligation and improving the lives of thousands of veterans and their families. Every person who has served our country deserves a safe and stable home.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its first inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial community farm in the South Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities in all 50 states of the United States and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a helping hand partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat owners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice in support of affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a life. better. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

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