2019 Veterans Build
Building Safe, decent, affordable housing for Veterans
Coming in July 2019.
On 10th Avenue between Linden and Ustick roads in Caldwell, Idaho you will find the future site of Canyon County Habitat for Humanity’s first Veterans Build Project from the ground up. Recipients will be announced at the Veterans Build Gala in June 2019 and ground will break following the event. Gala Details will be announced soon. Canyon County Habitat for Humanity is taking applications from future homeowners now.
Facts about veterans
The National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that 2.5 million veterans heading households are at least 55 years of age. Of those 2.5 million veterans, 24 percent have housing cost burdens. Unlike our older civilians, our older veterans are more likely to have a disability — 35 percent versus 28 percent — which may require home modifications, health and other supportive services as they age.
Our female veteran population is in need as well. According to a report by the National Housing Conference, nearly half of our veterans who are single mothers spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Our female veterans face significant economic and housing challenges and are particularly vulnerable to housing cost burdens compared with our overall veteran population.
Likewise, our most recent veterans who served following 9/11 have returned to a slow-growing economy and rising housing costs. These economic factors have made the transition from military service to civilian life difficult for many of our veterans.
In addition, nearly 4 million of our veterans pay at least 30 percent of their income toward rent or mortgage, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50 percent. As you can imagine, using half of your income to pay your rent or mortgage is an enormous strain on any budget.
Veterans Build 5 Pillars:
Building – Safe, decent, affordable housing is the centerpiece of Veterans Build. In many communities, we are 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.
Employment – We value skill sets gained from military service. We recruit veterans to work at Habitat as employees, board members, extended volunteers, National Service members, interns and fellows.
Volunteer engagement – 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.
Education – We offer financial education and financial literacy programs. Our 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.
Honor – Throughout the year, we host special events that pay tribute to veterans, raise awareness and mobilize volunteers.
How to qualify for a Habitat home
Habitat homeowners must be active participants in building a better home and future for themselves and their families. Every Habitat home is an investment. For us, it is one answer to a critical need, and we believe that stronger homes will create stronger communities.
Prospective Habitat homeowners must demonstrate a need for safe, affordable housing. Need will vary from community to community.
Once selected, Habitat homeowners must partner with us throughout the process. This partnership includes performing “sweat equity,” or helping to build their own home or the homes of others in our homeownership program. Sweat equity can also include taking homeownership classes or performing volunteer work in a Habitat ReStore.
Homeowners must also be able and willing to pay an affordable mortgage. Mortgage payments are cycled back into the community to help build additional Habitat houses.
If you would like to apply for a Habitat Home, Volunteer, or Sponsor a Habitat Home please contact:
Judy Ahrens, Executive Director
Office: (208) 463-0222
Cell: (208) 800-1551
Teresa Short, Community Outreach Director
Office: (208) 463-0864
Cell: (208) 800-1542
Ready to Make a Change?
Canyon County Habitat for Humanity has many ways for you to help. Click on a link to get started.