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The Home Depot Foundation Pledges $2.1 Million to Volunteers of America to Provide Homes and Services to Veterans

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The Home Depot Foundation Pledges $2.1 Million to

Volunteers of America to Provide Homes and Services to Vulnerable Veterans

Funding will benefit nine programs that serve hundreds of male and female veterans nationwide

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 25 2019) – Building on almost a decade of partnership in service to thousands of U.S. military veterans, The Home Depot Foundation has pledged $2.1 million in new veteran housing grants to Volunteers of America to address the critical needs of former service members. Since 2011, the Foundation has given nearly $17 million to Volunteers of America in support of better housing for veterans and their families.

The latest grants support nine Volunteers of America housing programs in six states. This funding will help improve or build up to 319 affordable and supportive homes specifically for veterans, including a dozen earmarked for women veterans. Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of veterans. Nationally, it serves more than 40,000 veterans annually who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

Affiliates and housing programs receiving new grants in 2019 from The Home Depot Foundation include:

  • Volunteers of America Colorado Branch (“Clermont Commons”): Rehab of transitional housing for 12 female veterans in Denver
  • Volunteers of America Florida (“Veterans Village of Marianna”): New construction of permanent supportive housing for 36 veterans in Marianna, Fla.
  • Volunteers of America Florida (“Mobile Veteran Home Repair Van”): Mobile repair van that will allow for the rehab of five to 10 homes owned by veterans throughout Florida
  • Volunteers of America Florida (“Arbor Place Apartments”): Rehab of permanent supportive housing for 32 veterans in Tampa
  • Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles (“Veterans Service Center – Transitional Housing & Recuperative Care”): Rehab of a warehouse to create transitional housing and recuperative care for 30 veterans
  • Volunteers of America Greater New York (“Commonwealth Avenue Veterans Residence”): Rehab of 149 permanent supportive apartments for veterans in New York City
  • Volunteers of America Illinois (“Hope Manor Village”): New construction of permanent supportive apartments for 38 veterans and their families
  • Volunteers of America Texas (“Veteran Home Repair Program”): Rehab of 20 homes owned by veterans
  • Volunteers of America Southwest (“Hawley Veterans Service Center & Transitional Housing”): Rehab of supportive housing and improvements to disability access for 12 veterans in El Cajon, Calif.

To date, The Home Depot Foundation has funded 120 Volunteers of America projects benefitting veterans and provided more than 3,800 homes, including almost 550 homes specifically for women veterans and their families. In addition to the grants, Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, has donated time and materials to complete more than 100 projects to improve Volunteers of America’s veteran housing facilities. To learn more about Volunteers of America’s partnership with The Home Depot, please visit www.voa.org/the-home-depot.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $300 million in veteran causes, part of the Foundation’s half of a billion-dollar pledge to veterans by 2025. In partnership with Team Depot, the 400,000-strong army of associate volunteers, the organization has positively impacted more than 43,000 veteran homes and facilities.

About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps almost 1.5 million people in over 400 communities. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $300 million in veteran causes and improved more than 43,000 veteran homes and facilities in 4,200 cities. In 2018, the Foundation pledged an additional $250 million to veteran causes taking the total commitment to half a billion by 2025.

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.

Contacts:

Vicki Bendure, Bendure Communications

540-687-3360 or Vicki@Bendurepr.com

David Burch, Volunteers of America

703-341-5054 or DBurch@voa.org