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Monday, January 24, 2022

Habitat receives $100,000 gift from Home Depot Foundation to benefit Veterans Village

Thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from the Home Depot Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida will join Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, Team Depot, on Saturday to celebrate Veterans Day and to continue building Veterans Village in Umatilla.

The grant allows Habitat of Lake-Sumter and volunteers to start work on the second phase of the building low-income homes for veterans.

The village is a 14-home development situated on Lake Enola. Each unit will be ADA compliant, energy efficient, and sustainable. Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, in agreement with the city of Umatilla, will remain responsible for the upkeep of the grounds and external repairs of the homes for the life of the neighborhood.

The Veterans Village is a collaborative project that not only provides access to affordable quality housing, but offers holistic wraparound services to the residents through a partnership with Combat Veterans to Careers. They will offer 360 degrees of support services in career, mental and physical health, transportation, finances, education, navigating the VA, and other needs veterans may have.

Those eligible to live in Veterans Village are veterans, active military, and spouses of those who have served that fall within the economic threshold and who have the ability to pay an affordable mortgage.

At the Veterans Day Build, Habitat of Lake-Sumter will also welcome local dignitaries and staff onsite to thank the Team Depot volunteers with a noon cookout.

“We are very excited to celebrate Veterans Day with our local Home Depot partners,” Kent Adcock, CEO of Habitat of Lake-Sumter, said in a press release. “The Home Depot Foundation has been a tremendous advocate for affordable housing within the Veteran community across the nation, and we are grateful they chose to invest locally in the Veterans Village.”

Home Depot volunteers have devoted thousands of hours each year to building and repairing homes for those who have served, according to the press release. Through the Home Depot Foundation, millions of dollars are annually granted to nonprofit partners across the country whose programs focus on ending veteran homelessness, creating housing for our most critically wounded veterans, and ensuring aging veterans have a safe place to call home.

For more information on Habitat of Lake-Sumter’s Veterans Village, visit www.habitatls.org or call 352-483-0434.

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