Acquisition and Rehabilitation
In 2016, KAVANAH acquired and upgraded 29 homes with green technologies, facilitating in the reduction of energy and water usage. Just by replacing old light fixtures with LED lighting, the new home owners save an average of $350 per year on their utility bill. Additionally, new energy efficient appliances are installed, old windows are replaced with Low-E Glass dual pane windows, insulation is often upgraded, water conservation fixtures are installed, and native plant landscaping is often used. These practices not only assure affordability for the new home owner, but also sustainability. The homes are located in the greater Sacramento Region, and qualify for FHA or VA financing. To learn more about how KAVANAH is promoting homeownership opportunities for eligible low to moderate income families and individuals, visit Project: Sweet Home.
Partnering with Non-Profits
As a housing non-profit, KAVANAH provides affordable housing for individuals who are under-served. By partnering with businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations, churches and synagogues KAVANAH is able to fulfill its mission to bring resources to and enrich the lives of Veterans, homeless, emancipated youth, at-risk youth, special needs, sexually exploited, elderly, and low to moderate income families and individuals.
In February 2016, KAVANAH purchased the first home that would provide affordable housing to a ministry serving men in need. Since opening Destiny Center, dozens of men have experienced restoration of families, deliverance from drug or alcohol addictions, and found new purpose and direction for their lives. In April 2017, KAVANAH opened a second home to provide affordable, shared housing for unsheltered or homeless U.S. Veterans. The Wallace House is now home to five Veterans who have served in Vietnam to Afghanistan.
It is a goal of KAVANAH’s to work with government agencies to acquire new properties which can be used to provide affordable housing for those with low to moderate incomes.
Our country is experiencing a construction and skilled labor shortage. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there were 214,000 open construction jobs in July 2016. This labor shortage will have a major impact on home prices, as more workers retire. We have developed a grassroots campaign in four local high schools, and with YouthBuild of the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps. Click here to learn how we are closing the gap by investing in future generations.