The Home Depot Foundation has announced $3.9 million in grants to organizations working to address the housing needs of military veterans.
Awarded as part of a five-year, $80 million initiative to help construct or renovate homes for veterans, the grants include $1.7 million to nonprofits to repair or construct 323 units of permanent supportive housing; $800,000 to nonprofits working to provide transitional housing to homeless veterans; and $875,000 to provide critical home repairs and maintenance to homes owned by veterans and their families.
Grant recipients include the Center for Veterans Issues in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which was awarded $300,000 toward construction of a fifty-unit permanent supportive housing facility for veterans; the National League of Cities, which will receive $275,000 for programs designed to prevent homelessness among veterans; the Empowerment Program in Denver, which was awarded $200,000 toward the construction of thirty-six permanent affordable housing units for women veterans with children; and Meals on Wheels Atlanta, which will receive $175,000 to help veterans with home repairs and energy-efficiency improvements.
"We know that too many veterans struggle with issues related to housing: nearly sixty thousand 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 Home Depot Foundation president Kelly Caffarelli. "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."