Although the Home Depot Foundation is based in Atlanta, it has a long history of supporting causes in Southern California as well. According to New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless veterans in the country, which makes it an obvious target for this big veteran housing funder. The LA Homeless Services Authority has estimated that there are over 4,000 homeless veterans living on the streets today, a fact that is clearly important to this highly focused funder.
The Home Depot Foundation just awarded a $100,000 grant to American Family Housing (AFH), a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. This money is going to a project in Midway City called Potters Lane, and the purpose is to meet immediate needs for the energy-efficient and sustainable housing site for veterans. This is an eco-friendly housing project that involves transforming upcycled steel shipping containers into 16 480-square-foot living spaces. It's a promising permanent housing solution that has been getting a lot of attention in the region lately.
Veterans and housing are huge cause for this funder, and any project that combines the two has a great chance of getting noticed by Home Depot. In fact, the Home Depot Foundation's Veteran Housing Grants Program was created to provide grants to nonprofits like AFH to fund the development and repair of housing for veterans. Since 2011, the Home Depot Foundation has transformed over 25,000 homes for veterans in America and invested more than $138 million to veteran causes.
This is an interesting project because it’s attracted the attention of lots of diverse groups in the county and state through public, private, and government organizations. In addition to Home Depot, support is also coming from the following sources: Del Amo Construction, US Bank, Pacific Premier Bank and Chick-fil-A, the Trabuco Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Los Ranchos, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program. However, AFH is still in need of additional funds for the Potter Lane capital campaign, and sponsor naming opportunities are available by visiting www.afhusa.org/potterslane or calling (714) 897-3221.
Veteran housing grants are typically awarded for $100,000 to $500,000, and the next proposal deadline is June 23, for which final determinations will be made in December. Large metropolitan areas that are home to large veteran populations typically receive the most veteran housing grants. Home Depot awards these grants in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico too. But since California has more veterans than anywhere else, we expect to see plenty more of Home Depot’s support heading to the West Coast.
In addition to housing for veterans, the Home Depot Foundation also supports communities in need of rebuilding after natural disasters. Any questions about the Home Depot grantmaking process should be directed to the foundation staff at HD_Foundation@HomeDepot.com, with “Veteran Housing Grant Program” in your subject line.