The Home Depot Foundation Invests to Support Veterans in the Navajo Nation
Foundation grants $135,000 to CORE to build supportive housing for veterans
NAVAJO NATION – June 23, 2021 – The Home Depot Foundation today announced it has invested more than $135,000 to turn COVID-19 shielding shelters into permanent housing for U.S. military veterans in the Navajo Nation. In partnership with the nonprofit CORE (Community Organized Relief Efforts), the Foundation will construct 25 shielding structures to enable electricity and other amenities to provide permanent housing solutions for veterans and their families.
The shelters were originally constructed by CORE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. The Home Depot Foundation and CORE will retrofit the shelters with electricity and provision them with hot plates, blinds, space heaters, and smoke and Co2 alarms to provide a safe, comfortable place veterans can call home.
“With the support from The Home Depot Foundation, we’re able to turn these temporary dwellings into sustainable housing solutions for the veterans on the Navajo Nation who selflessly served in the military,” said Laura Cansicio, vice president of partnerships and development at CORE. As part of our commitment to community empowerment, this partnership will employ local community members to support the construction of the shelters for veterans.”
To date, the Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes, including making critical home repairs for combat wounded veterans, providing financial assistance and helping senior veterans age independently in their own homes.
About 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. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $375 million in support of veterans in need and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities in more than 5,000 cities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025.
CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a crisis relief nonprofit organization co-founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee that is dedicated to saving lives and strengthening communities affected by or vulnerable to crisis. Within hours of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Penn mobilized a powerful network to take immediate action. More than 11 years later, CORE continues to lead sustainable programs focused on four pillars: emergency relief, disaster preparedness, environmental resiliency, and community building.
The organization has expanded beyond Haiti to support communities in The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Latin America. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE has been operating free testing sites across the U.S. alongside local partners, providing essential resources and contact tracing services as well as part of its integrated approach to combat the pandemic. In 2021, CORE is working with its partners in the U.S. and internationally to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, and has published a manual to encourage equity-focused community-based vaccination operations.