Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys and Homes 4 Families held their first-ever Rainbow Build in partnership with the LGBTQA+ community of Northern L.A. County. Volunteers formed build teams to help with construction on the remaining 24 homes of a 78-home community for low-income veterans and their families in Santa Clarita. The event was chaired by John Musella, chairman of the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce.
This build is to help complete the third phase of a CalVet REN (Residential Enriched Neighborhood), following the Homes 4 Families (H4F) Enriched Neighborhood model. In attendance was Vito Imbasciani, secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet). There are 54 veteran families who have already moved into their homes. Enriched Neighborhoods previously built by the organizations include 63 homes in Pacoima and 12 in Sylmar. They will soon break ground on an additional 56 homes for vets in Palmdale.
The model, in addition to providing homes, offers an outcome-based program of wrap-around services and education that enables under-served families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills, and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status. For veterans and their military families, these wrap-around services are enhanced with much-needed trauma-informed programs and services to address PTSD, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury and other issues.
The mission of Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families, and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners. They are a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization service in North Los Angeles city and county, building houses and futures for low-income families. This Habitat affiliate specializes in building Enriched Neighborhood communities which hold the promise to move low-income families up into the middle class, and they have built 320 homes to date. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.org.
Homes For Families is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low-income families through the development and replication of the Enriched Neighborhood model. This model offers a powerful outcome-based program of wraparound services and education that empowers underserved families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status. For more information, go to www.Homes4Families.org.