Habitat for Humanity offers programs, assistance to veterans

Members of the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity are attempting to reach out and offer assistance to local military veterans through Veterans Program, a Habitat for Humanity initiative which specifically aims to help veterans in the county by providing critical home repair or home modification services — such as installing wheelchair ramps. (Courtesy photo)

MECOSTA COUNTY — Known for offering support to those in need in the community, members of the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity are attempting to reach out and offer assistance to local military veterans.

Lisa Barnum, director of community outreach for the nonprofit organization, explained Veterans Program is a Habitat for Humanity initiative which specifically aims to help veterans in the county by providing critical home repair or home modification services — such as installing wheelchair ramps.

“We are trying to reach the veterans who need our help,” she said.

The Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Program is a branch of the Habitat for Humanity International’s Veterans Build initiative, which also aims to support veterans through home builds, employment, volunteer engagement, education and events to honor veterans and raise awareness for volunteers.

Barnum said Mecosta County joined this initiative earlier in the spring.

In order to receive assistance, local veterans can apply for services with the organization, and from there, Barnum said, the application will be reviewed and they will try to obtain grant funding for the necessary work.

She added there are many grant programs available for veterans, including through The Home Depot.

“We try to find as much funding for them as possible,” Barnum said.

She noted if materials have to be purchased for a home repair or modification project and the cost is not covered by grants, the homeowners will pay off the cost with a zero-percent loan, similar to the Habitat for Humanity Critical Home Repair Program.

“(Veterans) don’t tend to reach out and this is so important for them because we do have the ability to help. I want veterans to know we are here for them,” Barnum said.

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