“Our sincerest thanks for this support and commitment to ending veteran homelessness by the Home Depot Foundation. This foundation and our community are putting forth resources for bold projects like the Veterans Commons to meet our goals of providing care and ending homelessness for our veteran population.”
PRWeb – Grant Supports Unprecedented Permanent Supportive Housing Projects
Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veteran service agency, is one of many community-based organizations nationwide to receive a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to repair and rehab properties serving veterans and their families.
“We are thrilled to have the support of The Home Depot Foundation to help us provide safe, adequate and affordable housing to homeless veterans and their families,” said Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares and Vietnam veteran. “Corporate donors like The Home Depot Foundation, who have given generously to support veterans and their families, enable us to fulfill our mission and bring the nation closer to our goal of eliminating veteran homelessness.”
The grant supports rehab costs for two unique and much-needed housing facilities in San Francisco. One housing site, which opened January 2012, provides affordable 2-bedroom apartments to twelve formerly homeless veteran families. The second housing site, which will be ready for occupancy in late October 2012, is an unprecedented collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of San Francisco, Chinatown Community Development Corporation and Swords to Plowshares. The landmark building, currently under renovation, was donated by the City of San Francisco and will consist of 75 studio apartments for chronically homeless veterans with disabilities.
“For more than two decades we have provided hundreds of homeless veterans with supportive housing. Each year, we work to improve and expand our housing programs,” said Leon Winston, Chief Operating Officer of Swords to Plowshares. “We very grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for their generous support. Thanks to these grants, 75 single veterans and 12 veteran families will permanently exit homelessness and reclaim their lives.”
Source: PR Web, August 2, 2012