Equipping U.S. Veterans
According to a survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014, 21.2 million men and women were veterans. Of these, 10.2 million veterans were employed, 573,000 were unemployed, and the rest, 10.5 million, were not in the labor force (neither employed nor seeking employment). We are committed to decreasing that number, one Veteran at a time.
We were introduced to Will by the San Joaquin County Veteran Services Department. Will had recently moved to Northern California to be closer to his family, after honorably serving our country for 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. After his move, Will found himself unemployed and competing to find work during a time when California’s unemployment rate was nearly 7 percent.
Will had some construction knowledge, but most important, he had a desire to learn, grow, and a dream to run his own company. Our first project with Will, we teamed him up with one of our contractors who showed him everything from framing and dry wall to finish work. But it was Will’s strength and 6’7” stature that made him a natural for demolition.
Will realized that by hiring young adults to help him, he would be able to increase his workload quickly. We directed Will in the steps of creating a small business, and now Will has demo’d 29 properties to date… and counting! Will has a dream to continue to grow his business, hiring young adults with special needs.
Will is one of four U.S. Veterans we have had the honor of training in 2016.
Housing Homeless Veterans
According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), over 12% of those experiencing homelessness in California is a U.S. Veteran.
We were introduced to Shawn by the Director of Construction at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. Shawn had over 5,000 volunteer hours at Habitat. Shawn served briefly in the U.S Navy, until medically released. When we met Shawn, he was living in a tent where two small creeks connected in North Sacramento. Shawn kept his surroundings very clean and tidy, reminiscent of his time in the service.
We told Shawn we had a Tiny House to give him, built by students from Luther Burbank High School. We partnered with the construction program currently running at LBHS in an attempt to introduce students to a career in the home building industry. By giving these students an opportunity to learn a trade according to current industry standards, they built our first Tiny House in the winter/spring semester of 2015/2016. All we needed was a place for the house to land. Shawn said the Pastor of his church would agree to have the house on the church property. Pastor Nugent of True Holiness Church of God in Christ was quick to say “yes”, and Shawn is forever grateful.
Within a few short months of moving in to his Tiny House, Shawn has found steady work, been able to pay off old fines, received his driver’s license, opened up a bank account exchanging his EBT card for a debit card, and bought a van! Shawn is excited to spread the joy this Tiny House has provided him, and is excited to have more churches follow Pastor Nugent’s lead.
Accepting VA Loans
We know how difficult it could be for a homebuyer who is prequalified with a VA Loan to get an accepted offer. Many Sellers, when faced with multiple offers, may prefer to accept a conventional offer because of the VA Appraisal process and the Minimum Property Requirements, or MPR’s.
At KAVANAH, we restore our homes to above MPR standards. We value our Veterans greatly, and consider VA offers above others.