The Home Depot Foundation is Battling Veteran Homelessness

June 28 – The Home Depot Foundation today announced its commitment of $400,000 to provide 136 permanent supportive housing units and critical support services for veterans experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, in partnership with Step Up on Second Street.

The funds will enable Step Up to renovate a former motel to become the area’s newest veteran housing facility, where clients will have access to counseling, treatment and other services vital to help veterans transition to civilian life. The facility is projected to open to its first residents in September 2021.

“Through our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, we are able to create real change for our most vulnerable communities,” said Tod Lipka, president and CEO of Step Up. “Our properties provide a home for veterans experiencing chronic homelessness and mental health conditions by supporting them with not only a roof over their heads, but also the right tools and resources needed to get back on their feet. We are honored to partner with The Home Depot Foundation to provide life-changing housing and services to veterans who selflessly served our country.”

To date, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes, including making critical home repairs for combat wounded veterans, providing financial assistance and helping senior veterans age independently in their own homes.

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June 29 –

The Home Depot Foundation announced today its commitment of $375,000 to create additional housing for those experiencing and at-risk of homelessness in Baltimore in partnership with Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment) and Beacon Communities LLC. The new units will provide transitional housing and access to critical support services.  

The funding will support the renovation of their Beacon House Square (BHS), repurposing and restoring the 65,000-square-foot school into 90 residential units, 56 of which will be permanent, one bed-room apartments for formerly homeless veterans and funded by The Home Depot Foundation. The restored BHS will include a new communal gathering and dining space, an expanded commercial-grade kitchen, a nurse’s station and 10 new offices for support services.  

The facility is projected to open to its first residents in early 2023.  

“This development will significantly increase permanent housing options for homeless veterans in Baltimore and will help to address major needs we’ve identified in our veteran-serving programs,” said Mary Slicher, executive director of Project PLASE.  “We are delighted that The Home Depot Foundation has pledged their financial support to make this project possible.” 

To date, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes, including making critical home repairs for combat wounded veterans, providing financial assistance and helping senior veterans age independently in their own homes.  

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