Glastonbury, Conn. (population ~34,500)
Project-Type: Private Financing/City In-kind contribution of land
Richard J. Johnson, Glastonbury Town Manager, (860) 652-7500, email@example.com
Vicki Thomas, Director of Communications, Purple Heart Homes, (203) 454-9952, firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Angeles, Wash. (population 19,038)
Project-Type: Local, State, and Federal Public/Private Financing
Port Angeles is the largest city located in Clallum County, a rural and sparsely populated area west of Seattle. The county's population has more seniors and veterans than other counties in the state, due to its relative low cost of living and proximity to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). The base is one of twelve joint bases worldwide and was formally established in October 2010, when the Army's Fort Lewis was merged with McChord Air Force Base as part of the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure process.
After talking with state officials and supportive housing specialists, the area's public housing authority, Habitat for Humanity, and a local community development corporation worked with city and county officials to use a variety of public and private funding sources to build a 28 unit development serving homeless veterans. Read more.
Huber Heights, OH (population 38,101)
Project Type: Private Financing
Located next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Huber Heights, OH is part of the Dayton metropolitan area. The proximity to the base results in the city’s population having a higher proportion of veterans than the state as a whole. 12.2% of Huber Heights residents are veterans compared to the state’s 7.7%.
In November 2011, the Habitat for Humanity in Dayton, OH (HFH-Dayton) participated in Repair Corps, a pilot partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Home Depot Foundation aiming to help rehabilitate housing for disabled veterans in need. Read More.
The foreclosure crisis has created a myriad of problems for cities across the country. Foreclosed and abandoned properties create health and safety concerns, drag down surrounding property values, and drain public resources rather than contributing to the community's tax base. In the midst of these problems, many communities are finding innovative solutions to use the crisis as an opportunity to serve the housing needs of veterans.
Check back soon for more information and examples of how communities are partnering with financial institutions and using public and private resources to create opportunity in the face of unprecedented challenges.