Hi friends. We at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County want to take a moment to honor all members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed in war, and thank all of those who have fought for our Country.
In the past couple of years, we have worked with different veteran groups and have seen the different issues veterans face - the need for housing being one of them. Five years ago we decided to become the first Habitat affiliate to market homes to military and veteran families, combat-wounded veterans and their families, and surviving families of deceased veterans. The 27-home development is part of the Habitat for Heroes and Foundations for Families pilot program and is located in the beautiful city of San Juan Capistrano.
Nine homes have already been sold to qualified, hardworking families and we are currently in the last phase of construction. The last 18 homes will soon be completed and celebrated by having a dedication ceremony in September 2010.
I've made it my goal to help build more homes for veterans, so we're exploring with other Habitat affiliates in the U.S. on a national plan to build more affordable homes for veterans. If we're successful, more homes like this will be built right here in Orange County.
Thank you to our troops and to all of you that have helped build homes for local families. Please continue to help in any way you can so that together we can offer a warm "welcome home" to our veterans.