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Veterans Build

Veterans Build

Veterans Build is Habitat for Humanity's national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families.

Over the last 26 years, we have had a very strong presence of veteran staff, board members, construction leaders, volunteers and Habitat homeowners. We have a consistent pool of Robins Air Force volunteers (Team Robins) who participate in new construction and also assist with our "A Brush With Kindness" home repair program (aka ABWK). Within our ABWK repair projects, we have served approximately 30% veterans. These ABWK projects for veterans have been adding handicap ramps, grab bars, handicap toilets, deck repairs, and many different home repairs.

Houston County Habitat certified as a Veterans Build affiliate in 2016. Our goal is to actively seek and recruit veterans living in substandard housing or homeless to provide opportunity for homeownership through Houston County Habitat new construction.

We seek to provide home repairs for veterans who are in need of home repairs through our "A Brush with Kindness" program.

Key areas we focus on:

  • Building - Safe, decent, affordable housing is the centerpiece of Veterans build.
  • Employment - We value skill sets gained from your military service. We recruit veterans to work at Habitat as employees, board members, extended volunteers, National Service members, interns and fellows.

    Fellowship Opportunities

    The Mission Continues is accepting applications for their upcoming Fellowship class 2018! Deadline October 16. 2017! What is a Fellowship with The Mission Continues? It's a paid opportunity for post-9/11 veterans to serve again in their communities volunteering 20 hours a week for six months at a local nonprofit. We're looking for someone to support our A Brush With Kindness program - is it you? Learn more about our volunteer opportunity here: ABWK House Captain To learn more and sign up, head to missioncontinues.org/fellowships, and to learn more about The Mission Continues as an organization, check out this short video or visit missioncontinues.org.

  • Volunteer engagement - We provide volunteer experiences that bring together veterans, military families and their neighbors. These experiences help bridge the gap and ease the transition to civilian life with fulfilling community engagement. We are looking for skilled veteran or active duty military volunteers who would like to participate in weekday or Saturday projects. If you know of any, please feel free to send them our way!
  • Education - We offer financial education and financial literacy programs. Our programs support successful homeownership among veteran and military homeowners. We also train Habitat employees and community volunteers throughout the U.S. to better understand the military culture. This increases our effectiveness in interacting with veterans and military families. For further information, contact our Program Services Coordinator at programservices@hocohabitat.org.

Facts about veterans

Veterans Build

The National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that 2.5 million veterans heading households are at least 55 years of age. Of those 2.5 million veterans, 24 percent have housing cost burdens. Unlike our older civilians, our older veterans are more likely to have a disability - 35 percent versus 28 percent - which may require home modifications, health and other supportive services as they age.

Our female veteran population is in need as well. According to a report by the National Housing Conference, nearly half of our veterans who are single mothers spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Our female veterans face significant economic and housing challenges and are particularly vulnerable to housing cost burdens compared with our overall veteran population.

Likewise, our most recent veterans who served following 9/11 have returned to a slow-growing economy and rising housing costs. These economic factors have made the transition from military service to civilian life difficult for many of our veterans.

In addition, nearly 4 million of our veterans pay at least 30 percent of their income toward rent or mortgage, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50 percent. As you can imagine, using half of your income to pay your rent or mortgage is an enormous strain on any budget.

Notable successes and celebrations:

  • 2,000+
    The amount of veterans and their families who have partnered with us to improve their housing since 2013.
  • 120+
    The number of Habitat affiliates that take part in Veterans Build, partnering with veteran support organizations to meet veterans' needs.
  • 100+
    This is how many veteran-serving organizations we are currently partnering with or reaching out to. These organizations allow us to better meet the needs of veterans through our holistic approaches.
  • 90+
    The number of Habitat affiliates across 30+ states that participated in Repair Corps projects, resulting in over 800 veteran-occupied properties.

Veterans Build

Take the next step:

For additional information, please contact us at VeteransBuild@hocohabitat.org.

Download our Veterans Build Brochure (PDF) which explains more about the program and it also lists great resources for our veterans. These resources give veterans an opportunity to volunteer with the organizations listed, so they can provide support to non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity. A few organizations offer stipends.

Veterans Build Partners

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