40th Annual Housing Person of the Year Gala
Housing America's Heroes
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Location: National Building Museum
Annual Policy Symposium
Coming Home: Framing the Housing Challenges
Date: Friday, June 22, 2012
Location: Grand Hyatt Washington
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About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was established in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations.Through partnership with local nonprofits and the volunteer efforts of Team Depot, the Foundation focuses on repairing and refurbishing homes and facilities that serve disadvantaged families and individuals.
The Home Depot Foundation places special emphasis on serving U.S. military veterans who are facing growing financial and physical hardships at home as they return to civilian life. Over the next three years, the Foundation will invest more than $30 million to help ease the burdens of this deserving group by repairing and renovating homes for military veterans.
For more information about The Home Depot Foundation, please visit HomeDepotFoundation.org.
Read about Kelly Caffarelli, President of The Home Depot Foundation
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, VOA has supported and empowered America’s veterans and other vulnerable groups.
Through hundreds of human service programs—including housing, employment services and health care—Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities annually. Across the spectrum of housing need, from emergency shelter to transitional and permanent housing, VOA serves those who serve America.
For more information about Volunteers of America, please visit VOA.org.
Read about Mike King, National President of Volunteers of America
About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 590,000 needs since 2002.
A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to support service members and their families.
For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit OperationHomefront.net.
Read about Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront
About U.S. Vets
U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to veterans, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug- and alcohol-free housing, to build responsibility, independence and community.
With 11 facilities in six states and the District of Columbia, U.S. VETS serves more than 2,000 veterans each day. In a year, U.S. VETS will help 3,000 veterans find housing and more than 1,000 veterans obtain full-time employment.
Since its establishment in 1992, U.S. VETS has served more than 100,000 veterans through outreach services, provided residential services to over 20,000 veterans and placed over 8,000 veterans into jobs.
For more information about U.S. Vets, please visit USVETSInc.org.
Read about Steve Peck, President and CEO of U.S. Vets
About Cloudbreak Communities
Cloudbreak Communities develops supportive housing for homeless, formerly homeless and at-risk veterans.
Together, the group of companies under the Cloudbreak name have successfully completed more than 2,400 units of housing in five states. More than 1,600 units are currently owned and managed by Cloudbreak Communities and another 1,000 are under active development.
Cloudbreak Communities works to create safe, clinically supported communities where veterans can reach their highest level of independence and personal satisfaction.
For more information about Cloudbreak Communities, please visit CantwellAnderson.com.
Read about Tim Cantwell, President and Director of Cloudbreak Communities
Profiles in Service:
Honoring those who serve our heroes
This year, the Gala will highlight more than just the work of our great honorees. In the interest of shining a light on many of the great organizations meeting the housing needs of America's heroes and getting the affordable housing community truly engaged in working to house veterans and provide needed services, we'll show great veterans' housing organizations across the country, big and small. Check back for the newest Profiles in Service as new groups will be featured regularly.
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Sentinels of Freedom
San Ramon, Calif.
Sentinels of Freedom assists severely wounded/permanently disabled Veterans in their efforts to become productive, self‐sufficient, integrated members of their local communities upon their return to civilian life. Sentinels of Freedom's four-pronged approach to giving disabled veterans a shot at a new life begins with rental assistance, bridging the gap of waiting months for disability payments to begin and providing a secure launchpad for a new career.
Then, through mentoring, assistance with post-secondary education and employment assistance, Sentinels of Freedom program graduates go on to lead prosperous, stable lives. More than 90 veterans have been served by the program.
Center for Veterans Issues
The Center for Veterans Issues provides transitional housing and meals to about 300 veterans on a daily basis in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Additionally, CVI provides services to veterans who are still in their homes but in danger of becoming homeless.
Most recently, CVI opened its multi-award-winning Veterans Manor, a 52-unit permanent housing facility in Milwaukee. Veterans Manor is the first facility of its kind in the nation to be developed using tax credit financing. The organic farming program on the premises won the 2012 TEDxManhattan Challenge and was the focus of a recent TED Talk.
Veterans Manor features a large commercial kitchen and food service training program conducted in partnership with the Milwaukee Center for Independence. Program participants provide in excess of 1,500 meals daily to Milwaukee area schools. Located at ground level front is "Troop Cafe," a full-service, veteran-managed neighborhood cafe serving veterans and the community.
CVI also renovates and repurposes existing housing stock, creating transitional and affordable housing for veterans.
For photos and more information, visit CVIvet.org.
Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a national nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. Strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly defended our country and have returned home since September 11, 2001, with serious disabilities and injuries, Homes for Our Troops is proud to assist severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and coordinating the process of building a specially adapted home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to the veterans the organization serves. An eligible veteran or service member may receive a Veterans Administration Specially Adapted Housing Grant up to a maximum amount of $63,780; Homes for Our Troops’ assistance covers all costs over and above this grant to ensure that the home is provided free of charge to the recipient. To date, Homes for Our Troops has completed 110 home build projects and are scheduled to hand over the keys to number 111 very soon.
Homes for Our Troops has provided these specially-adapted homes to numerous veterans from all branches of the military. The majority of homes are built from the ground up, but in some cases, especially in areas with very high land costs, it is more cost effective to buy an existing home and renovate it with the special modifications needed as dictated by the particular disabilities and injuries of the veteran.
As quoted by former President George W. Bush, “Homes for Our Troops’ efforts are a wonderful example of the great compassion of Americans.”
Learn more about Homes for Our Troops at HomesforOurTroops.org.
Purple Heart Homes
Established in 2008, Purple Heart Homes is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing personalized housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their families.
Purple Heart Homes was founded by Purple Heart recipients John Gallina and Dale Beatty, both of whom were severely injured when the vehicle they were riding in hit an anti-tank mine — resulting in an explosion that left Beatty a double amputee below the knees and Gallina with serious head and back trauma.
Recognizing a need, Purple Heart Homes was born. Its mission — to provide personalized housing solutions for disabled veterans of all conflicts that are substantial in function, design and quality.
Currently, Purple Heart Homes has three programs in place—each designed to specifically address the injuries and personal needs of veterans in the most important place of all — their homes.
For more information about Purple Heart Homes, online donations, and applications for assistance, please visit PurpleHeartHomesUSA.org. To view photos and learn about events, please visit www.facebook.com/PurpleHeartHomes.
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