The Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation (LCHF) recently awarded $40,000 in grant funding to HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) to help complete the renovation work on two homeless shelter facilities in Riverside County.
One of the shelters, located at March AFB, provides temporary housing for homeless veterans in Riverside, and the other shelter serves young women who have been recently involved in human trafficking in the Coachella Valley.
HomeAid Inland Empire has been working closely with the United States Veterans Initiative (US Vets) to develop a multi-phased renovation project at the US Vets shelter facility at March AFB. The initial renovation phase updated and upgraded six apartment units with 24 beds to temporarily house homeless veterans while they receive counseling and job training.
The Coachella Valley shelter is a six-bed facility for emancipated youth which is under the direction of Operation SafeHouse, one of 14 homeless service providers that HomeAid has partnered with in the Inland Empire to serve the emergency and transitional living needs of individuals and families that are temporarily without a place to live as they work to rebuild their lives.
“We very much appreciate receiving this important grant funding from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation to help support the operation of HomeAid Inland Empire, and specifically our shelter development program,” commented Ray Osborne, HAIE Executive Director. “We are looking forward to continuing to have additional financial support from LCHF in the future to create more shelter facilities for homeless men, women and children in the Inland Empire,” he added.
Over the past three years, the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation has provided $180,000 in much-needed funds to allow HomeAid to undertake eight of the 12 homeless shelter renovation projects, accounting for 161 of the 254 beds, the non-profit organization has completed during that time to serve the needs of the Inland Empire homeless population.
“HomeAid Inland Empire is doing an outstanding job in developing shelter renovation projects to add critically-needed emergency and transitional living beds to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and Lennar is pleased to be able to provide some of the significant funding that is required to accomplish this important task,” commented Mark Torres, Lennar Inland/LA Division President. “The Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation grant program exists solely because of the generosity of the people who purchase our homes, and we sincerely appreciate the donations they have made over the years,” he added.
In May of 2015, HomeAid Inland Empire will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the completion of its first homeless facility project, the St. Mark’s Shelter for service provider Foothill Family Shelter in Upland. That shelter is still open today, and has served several hundred homeless families over the past two and one-half decades.
To recognize its 25th anniversary milestone, HomeAid Inland Empire is planning to create the homeless shelter facility that will house its 1,000th bed in 2015.
Since 1990, HAIE has renovated or built 32 shelters in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, housing 831 beds, to provide temporary housing for more than 2,500 homeless individuals and families each year in the two-county-area.
About HomeAid Inland Empire
HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Building Industry Association (BIA) chapters, has obtained nearly $6.5 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials from the Inland Empire homebuilding industry through the BIA chapters during the past 25 years. Those exceptional charitable contributions have been utilized to create homeless shelter facilities throughout the Inland Empire valued at more than $17.1 million.
For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at email@example.com or visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.
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