As an official Veterans Build Affiliate with Habitat for Humanity International, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a national effort to not only provide affordable and decent homes for men and women who have served but also join a larger voice advocating for the needs of our veterans and their families.
As a Veterans Build Affiliate, we’re committed to seeking volunteer engagement from veteran groups as well as recruiting veterans for employment, internships, and other service opportunities.
Vision: Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanities Vision is a community where military veterans and their families have a decent place live.
The last thing a veteran should have to worry about is fighting for a decent place to live.
Facts about Veterans
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition finds that 2.5 million veterans heading households are at least 55 years of age. Of those 2.5 million veterans, 24 percent have housing cost burdens. Unlike our older civilians, our older veterans are more likely to have a disability — 35 percent versus 28 percent — which may require home modifications, health, and other supportive services as they age.
Our female veteran population is in need as well. According to a report by the National Housing Conference, nearly half of our veterans who are single mothers spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Our female veterans face significant economic and housing challenges and are particularly vulnerable to housing cost burdens compared with our overall veteran population.
Likewise, our most recent veterans who served following 9/11 have returned to a slow-growing economy and rising housing costs. These economic factors have made the transition from military service to civilian life difficult for many of our veterans.
The Veterans Build Program is focused on 5 specific areas:
Build: Through new construction, rehabs, repairs and barrier free renovations provide simple, decent, affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for military service members, veterans, their families and families of the fallen.
Employ: Capitalize on skill sets gained from military service with recruitment targeting veteran employees, board members and extended volunteers, national service members, interns and fellows.
Volunteer Engagement: Engage service members, veterans, their families, families of the fallen and Habitat's civilian supporters to serve and honor veterans together in volunteer opportunities and veteran focused advocacy.
Educate: Provide veterans with access to financial education programs that support sustainable homeownership and promote a better understanding of military/veteran culture among Habitat's civilian supporters.
Honor: Identify opportunities to honor service members, veterans, their families and families of the fallen (Veterans Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc.).