Volunteer, employment and homeownership opportunities
Today, 1.4 million veterans are living in poverty. Many of our veterans are living in poverty because of the high cost of housing, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance.
In addition, nearly 4 million veterans are using at least 30 percent of their income to pay for their rent or mortgage, and more than 1.5 million are paying at least 50 percent. As you can imagine, using half of your income to pay your rent or mortgage would be an enormous strain on any budget.
That's why we think it's important to collaborate with veterans in various ways. Through our Veterans Build initiative, you can help us provide volunteer, homeownership and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families.
We appreciate your interest in supporting Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build. We are also grateful to the men and women who have served our country and are proud to serve them through our Veterans Build initiative.
Five areas we focus on:
Safe, decent, affordable housing is the centerpiece of Veterans Build. In many communities, Habitat is expanding programs to maintain and preserve homes and make them more energy-efficient and affordable. In partnership with the Home Depot Foundation, Habitat developed the Repair Corps program to offer critical home repairs to military veteran homeowners.
We value skill sets gained from military service. We recruit veterans to work with Habitat as employees, board members, extended volunteers, National Service members, interns and fellows. You can find a position at Habitat for Humanity International or find a Habitat office near you for employment opportunities in your community.
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. You can find a Habitat office near you for volunteer opportunities in your community. You can also learn more about our long-term volunteer opportunities.
We offer financial education and financial literacy programs. These 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. You can learn more about our financial education and financial literacy programs.
Throughout the year, we host special events that pay tribute to veterans, raise awareness and mobilize volunteers. We invite you to join one of our build events.
Notable successes and celebrations:
The amount of veterans and their families who have partnered with us to improve their housing since 2013.
The number of Habitat affiliates that take part in Veterans Build, partnering with veteran support organizations to meet veterans' needs.
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.
The number of Habitat affiliates across 30+ states that participated in Repair Corps projects, resulting in over 800 veteran-occupied properties.
Take the next step:
- Contact your local Habitat to find a Veterans Build near you.
- You can join a special event.
- You can learn about our critical home repair program for veterans.
- You can find out how to become a Habitat homeowner.
- You can support us by making a donation to Veterans Build.
For additional information, please contact VeteransBuild@habitat.org.