Veterans Build


What is Veterans Build?

Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build is a national initiative to provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families.

What activities does Veterans Build support?

  1. Build: Provide simple, decent and affordable housing solutions for military service members, veterans and their families.
  2. Mobilize: Engage military service members, veterans, families, veterans’ groups and all military supporters in volunteer programs and veteran-related advocacy.
  3. Employ: Capitalize on skill sets gained from military service with recruitment targeting veterans as Habitat for Humanity International/local affiliate employees, board members and extended volunteers, national service members, interns and fellows.
  4. Educate: Promote cultural competency for Habitat affiliates engaging military service members and veterans and provide access to financial literacy and homeownership education programs.
  5. Honor: Host regular slate of events highlighting veteran housing needs and honoring their service. Target dates include the 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day and Veterans Day.

Why is Habitat for Humanity focusing on veteran needs?

  • Nearly 4 million veteran households pay more than 30 percent of income for housing.
  • More than 1.5 million of these households pay more than 50 percent of income for housing (severe cost burden).
  • Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance.
  • A substantial subset of veterans struggles economically. Approximately 1.4 million veterans (6.7 percent) live in poverty.

Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build projects

From 2012 to 2014, we partnered with Community Hope and their Hope for Veterans® program to provide permanent housing for veterans on Pleasant Hill Road in Chester Township. The renovation of their home involved extensive interior and exterior work on pipes, flooring, cabinets, drywall, siding and landscaping. The home now provides affordable rental housing for four very low- and low-income veterans with a disability. Many volunteers from Morris Habitat worked on this rehab project as part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

Our Harding Avenue project in Dover (2015-2017) included construction of two new homes for veteran families. Walls were pre-built at two Hammer for Heroes events in June 2015 and 2016. Veterans Build Week in November 2016 concentrated the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to finish framing and roofing before winter.