December housing payments covered for 1,000 vets by Home Depot Foundation

December housing payments covered for 1,000 vets by Home Depot Foundation


The Home Depot Foundation is surprising 1,000 veterans across the country with rental and mortgage payment assistance for the month of December.

“This housing payment assistance is just one of the ways The Home Depot Foundation and the company are committed to supporting and thanking those who served our nation,” said Ted Decker, chair, president and CEO of The Home Depot.

Many of the veterans being helped previously faced homelessness before securing permanent supportive housing in facilities operated by longstanding Foundation partners, including U.S.VETS, Volunteers of America and Quest Communities.

“With more than 35,000 veteran, active military and military spouse associates, we’re deeply invested in serving the military community through the Foundation’s mission to provide safe and affordable housing and skilled trades training opportunities to veterans, as well as through the company’s programs and benefits that support veteran associates and customers,” added Decker.

The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, also completed hundreds of service projects in honor of Veterans Day across the country as part of its annual Operation Surprise campaign. In partnership with national partners like Semper Fi & America’s Fund, Operation Homefront and Team Rubicon, as well as local nonprofit organizations, the projects benefited veterans and communities where Home Depot associates live and work.

“Team Depot has volunteered nearly 1.4 million hours in service to veterans since 2011,” noted Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation.

As part of its commitment to invest half a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025, The Home Depot Foundation has also granted nearly $14.5 million in new funding to several of its nonprofit partners, which will primarily support veteran housing initiatives across the country including:

More than $2.2 million for Operation Homefront, which will provide more than 200 veterans with improved housing through home repairs, transitional housing and critical financial assistance.

A $2.5 million grant to Semper Fi & America’s Fund in l support more than 260 home repairs, modifications and adaptations for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

$2.5 million to Habitat for Humanity International to empower nationwide affiliates to complete 130 critical home repairs for veterans through the Repair Corps program.

Another $1.6 million grant will fund an integrated, new program that joins the missions of Home Builders Institute (HBI) and Habitat for Humanity. The grant brings HBI and the Foundation’s Path to Pro program, which provides free skilled trades training and certification to separating service members on or near 10 military bases, together with local Habitat affiliates around the bases. Path to Pro students will build new homes alongside future Habitat homeowners, receiving on-the-job training and making industry connections while helping to create more affordable housing in the military communities surrounding the 10 bases.


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