The grant will fund efforts by VOANS and VOA affiliates to create at least a hundred and twenty-five housing units over the next three years using innovative construction techniques, including modular, container, and 3-D-printed structures. Construction will include new properties as well as the conversion and repurposing of existing facilities in Los Angeles, Austin, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Raleigh-Durham. While developing the properties, VOA will provide job training in construction trades for previously homeless veterans.
Since 2015, the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded more than $31 million in support of sustainable housing and homeownership for veterans and over $7 million to help more than five hundred and twenty-five veterans purchase a home.
"Having a safe and affordable place to call home is an essential pathway for wellness, dignity, and economic opportunity," said Eileen Fitzgerald, head of the foundation's housing affordability philanthropy division. "Lack of affordable housing puts millions at the edge of crisis. Wells Fargo is committed to the importance of homes for everyone in our nation, especially veterans who have sacrificed so much, and we are proud to support Volunteers of America's efforts to address veteran homelessness, job training, and stable housing."
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