The Home Depot Foundation Awards Swords to Plowshares $545,540 to Rehab Housing for Homeless Veterans

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Grant Supports Unprecedented Permanent Supportive Housing Projects

Permanent Housing for Veteran Families

Thanks to these grants, 75 single veterans and 12 veteran families will permanently exit homelessness and reclaim their lives.

Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veteran service agency, is one of many community-based organizations nationwide to receive a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to repair and rehab properties serving veterans and their families.

“We are thrilled to have the support of The Home Depot Foundation to help us provide safe, adequate and affordable housing to homeless veterans and their families,” said Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares and Vietnam veteran. “Corporate donors like The Home Depot Foundation, who have given generously to support veterans and their families, enable us to fulfill our mission and bring the nation closer to our goal of eliminating veteran homelessness.”

The grant supports rehab costs for two unique and much-needed housing facilities in San Francisco. One housing site, which opened January 2012, provides affordable 2-bedroom apartments to twelve formerly homeless veteran families. The second housing site, which will be ready for occupancy in late October 2012, is an unprecedented collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of San Francisco, Chinatown Community Development Corporation and Swords to Plowshares. The landmark building, currently under renovation, was donated by the City of San Francisco and will consist of 75 studio apartments for chronically homeless veterans with disabilities.

“For more than two decades we have provided hundreds of homeless veterans with supportive housing. Each year, we work to improve and expand our housing programs,” said Leon Winston, Chief Operating Officer of Swords to Plowshares. “We very grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for their generous support. Thanks to these grants, 75 single veterans and 12 veteran families will permanently exit homelessness and reclaim their lives.”

About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance to homeless and low-income veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities.

War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Our mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org .

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