CalVet, Habitat for Humanity Collaborate to Help Veterans Habitat for Heroes Coming to Sylmar, Santa Clarita

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In an unprecedented collaboration to construct the country’s first service-enriched Habitat for Heroes veteran village, the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) will announce that it has set aside more than $21 million for Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley (Habitat SF/SCV) to build homes for California veterans and their families living in the Santa Clarita and Sylmar areas of Los Angeles County.

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In an unprecedented collaboration to construct the country’s first service-enriched Habitat for Heroes veteran village, the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) will announce that it has set aside more than $21 million for Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley (Habitat SF/SCV) to build homes for California veterans and their families living in the Santa Clarita and Sylmar areas of Los Angeles County.

EVENT:
Ribbon Cutting and Announcement of New Collaboration

DATE:
Monday, October 1, 2012

TIME:
1 p.m. (Please arrive 15 minutes early for set up)

PLACE:
Center Pointe Property
Adjacent to:
21508 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, California 91350

WHO:
California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter J. Gravett, Major General (Retired); U.S. Rep Buck McKeon; state Senator Sharon Runner; Assemblymember Cameron Smyth; Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar; and Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Chief Executive Officer Donna Deutchman.

BACKGROUND:
Through this collaboration, low-income veterans will qualify for beautiful four-bedroom homes, which veterans can purchase using a CalVet Home Loan, a Habitat SF/SCV second loan, and in the case of the Sylmar project, a deferred silent third loan from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The veteran will provide sweat equity to reduce the costs and help build these green, energy-efficient affordable homes. The Centre Pointe Habitat for Heroes is Sponsored by SoCal Gas Company in partnership with KHTS 1220 AM Radio. MilitaryConnection.Com nurtured the introductions and the Governor’s Interagency Council on Veterans helped to bring the collaboration to completion.

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