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Veterans Aging Summit


Purple Heart Homes, The Housing Assistance Council, and National League of Cities have partnered together to for the Veterans Aging Summit.  

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Non-HAC: 2018 Veterans Aging Summit


The Veterans Aging Summit will bring together thought leaders who combine the aging-specific nonprofit network, veterans’ organizations, researchers, educators, public policy makers, community leaders, and others to collaborate on better serving and meeting the needs of older veterans and their caregivers. Refreshments will be provided.


Housing & Services for Rural Veterans – A Symposium



Join the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) for its 5th Annual National Symposium on Veterans Housing Issues. This year’s theme centers upon addressing the critical needs around housing, homelessness and aging solutions for rural veterans, within the context of the Delta Regional Authority’s eight-state service area set forth by the Delta Regional Authoritys map. In addition to introducing HAC’s services, the symposium will feature (policy-makers, elected officials, university officials/students), rural/small-town practitioners and practical program models that are providing both rental and homeownership options, in addition to home repairs and critical housing and workforce development service to aging and other vulnerable veteran populations.

Day 1: Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Day 2: Friday, April 19, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

There is no registration fee to attend this symposium. However, space is limited and advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided. For more information on the symposium contact Cheryl Cobbler at cheryl@ruralhome.org.

Sponsored By The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in 2,500 cities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and members of the Atlanta Westside community. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.

Housing Seniors and Veterans in Rural America: Preservation, Development and Services

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Housing Seniors and Veterans in Rural America: Preservation, Development and Service

Start Date: April 22, 2014
End Date: April 23, 2014
Register: www.regonline.com/seniorVeteransPhoenix

Join the Housing Assistance Council on April 22-23 in Phoenix, Arizona for Housing Seniors and Veterans in Rural America: Preservation, Development and Services. Made possible with generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Home Depot Foundation, this symposium will provide training and information on housing for rural seniors and veterans. These two vulnerable and often overlapping populations face many challenges. Homeowners may need help with repairs or counseling. Renters may need affordable units, face loss of their apartments or want to become owners. The homeless or near homeless need help with basic shelter and survival. Resources and models exist to help in all these situations and will be showcased in detail at this conference.
HAC’s approach to serving seniors and veterans is grounded in the fact that those two groups are over represented in rural America. One in five U.S. residents is rural, but 25 percent of all rural homes are occupied by the elderly, and 40 percent of veterans enrolled in the VA health system are rural. This is set against the backdrop of a rapidly aging population of baby boomers. Eighty percent of rural seniors are homeowners, but rental units are also very much needed. Veterans of the United States military put their lives in danger to serve the nation, but then may face homelessness, live in substandard homes or have other housing needs.
This conference will feature program overviews, funding resources, case studies and models presented by federal and state administrators, nonprofit developers, policy experts and others. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn and share information on ways to meet the growing needs of these rural populations.
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HAC has reserved a block of rooms at the government per diem rate of $106.00 per night at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport – The Wren for this event. Please call the hotel at (602) 273-7778 and ask for the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) Room Block to take advantage of this rate. This room block expires on Saturday, March 22, 2014 but space is limited, so make your reservations early. 
This symposium is made possible through the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation.  Additional information about HAC’s Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans program can be found at www.ruralhome.org.

From Service to Shelter: Housing Veterans in Rural America

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Power Point Presentation  |  Webinar Recording

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on demographic changes regarding veterans in rural America. As two wars overseas wind down, more veterans will be coming home, while at the same time the demographic changes associated with the baby boom generation and the overall greying of America will also impact veteran’s needs in rural America. In the next ten years, over 70 percent of all veterans in rural America will be over the age of 65 placing increased pressure on the housing and health needs of rural veterans.

On the opposite end of the age spectrum, younger veterans, returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, are more diverse and face different economic and housing challenges. Although these veterans comprise just 7.6 percent of the total rural veteran population, they are more diverse and face different economic and housing challenges than their older counterparts. Minority and female veterans are a much larger segment of this population as well and maintain differing needs than older veterans. Beyond this, younger veterans face higher unemployment and poverty rates than older veterans. Approximately 10 percent of veterans between the ages of 18 to 34 are unemployed and 12 percent have incomes below the poverty line.

For their sacrifice, it is imperative that all veterans have access to safe, affordable, and secure housing. This can be particularly challenging in rural America due to vast geographies, limited resources, and less social service infrastructure. Join the Housing Assistance Council’s webinar on June 25th to learn more about these challenges as well as the demographic shifts reported on in HAC’s new publication From Service to Shelter and the implications that these realities will have on providing affordable and appropriate housing to rural veterans.

This webinar is supported by The Home Depot Foundation. For more information, please email Janice Clark at janice@ruralhome.org.

Register Now! https://ruralhome.adobeconnect.com/e7t536khd3s/event/event_info.html.


Canal Street Housing: Housing Homeless Veterans

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The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on a model program for housing homeless veterans. More than 250,000 veterans experience homelessness each year. Veterans in rural areas are more likely to be homeless for longer periods of time and have serious medical problems. Nonprofits in rural communities are addressing the challenges for housing homeless veterans.

Affordable Housing Solutions for Rural Veterans: A Symposium

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Join the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) for our 4th annual national symposium on veterans. This year’s theme is housing solutions for rural veterans. The symposium will showcase model programs that are providing homeownership, home repairs, service to the homeless and rental housing options of assistance.

Speakers Include:

  • US Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), Chairman, House Committee on Veteran Affairs (INVITED)
  • Heather Prill, The Home Depot Foundation, Atlanta, GA
  • Karen Boyce, The Veterans’ Place, Northfield, VT
  • Shonterria Charleston, HAC, Atlanta, GA
  • William Crandall, Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton. ME
  • Joe Belden, HAC, Washington, DC
  • Kathryn Monet, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Washington, DC
  • Retha Patton, Eastern 8 CDC, Johnson City, TN
  • Christopher Ptomey, Habitat for Humanity, Washington, DC
  • Curtis Suttle, White Mountain Apache Housing Authority, Whiteriver, AZ

There is no registration fee to attend this symposium. However, space is limited and advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided. For more information on the symposium contact Shonterria Charleston at shonterria@ruralhome.org or 404-892-4824 or Joe Belden at joe@ruralhome.org or 202-842-8600.

Sponsored By The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $105 million to these efforts since 2011. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

Building a Community for Veterans: Patriot Place, Tennessee

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Power Point Presentation | Webinar Recording

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on single- and multi-family affordable housing for veterans. Targeted to veterans, Patriot Place is a community with a mix of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for up to 75 households within a subdivision/neighborhood setting in Johnson County, Tennessee. The project site is accessible to services and is within 40 minutes of a nationally-ranked VA hospital in Mountain Home, Tennessee. Eastern Eight CDC, the local nonprofit developer of this community, offers a range of affordable housing options in this community including rental, rent-to-own, and self-help homeownership.

Access to Health and Homeless Services for Rural Veterans

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A disproportionate number of veterans come from and return to small towns and rural America. Join this webinar to learn more about ways to serve this sometimes forgotten group. Participants in the webinar will hear from two key agencies of the US Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs — the Office of Rural Health and the Center on Homelessness. Leaders of these agencies will discuss opportunities for rural nonprofits to work with the VA to provide housing and services to veterans. Rural homeless veterans face a lack of opportunities for safe shelter compared to urban or suburban veterans. Participants will also learn more about the challenges of serving rural veterans and the impact of successful VA programs on such service.

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Working together to house America’s rural veterans

The Housing Assistance Council proudly supports the women and men who have served our country. Unfortunately, more than 3 million of our nation’s veterans live in sub-standard housing. According to HUD’s 2018 National Point In Time Homeless Count nearly 40,000 veterans are homeless. As a nation, we can do better to ensure those who have given so much for our country have decent, safe, and healthy places to call home. Together with critical backing from The Home Depot Foundation, HAC’s Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans (AHRV) initiative supports local nonprofit housing development organizations that provide and or maintain affordable housing needs of veterans in rural places. Since 2013, HAC and The Home Depot Foundation have partnered to invest approximately $3 million in grant funding to 61 nonprofits to support the rehabilitation, modification and or development of 615 units of veteran housing.

Together, we can give back and help meet the housing needs of rural veterans!

HAC is currently accepting applications for its AHRV Initiative through 5PM ET on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Learn more about the recipients of the 2019 Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans awards.

How many veterans live in your community? Visit Veterans Data Central to find data and information about veterans across the country.

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