Homes 4 Families was founded in 2008 and exist to meet the significant need for affordable housing and effective, no-cost services that equip veteran families to move up the economic ladder. With the support of CalVet and generous corporate sponsors and individual donors, we have helped over 386 low-income families achieve their dreams of safe, affordable homeownership. This includes 151 low-income veterans and military families. In the next few years, we will add 68 additional military families to this number.
Our mission is to build resiliency, economic growth, neighborhoods, and homes for veterans and their families.
Veterans are provided with specialized services and education to assist with Military trauma and to move them into the middle class. These services include financial literacy, health and wellness and vet-to-vet support, and have been designed, tested and registered/copyrighted.
What is the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood Model?
The Enriched Neighborhood® model is an innovative way to build affordable housing–creating financial sustainability and upward mobility by combining the permanent housing with wraparound services in a supportive neighborhood.
Currently, the Homes 4 Families Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® (VEN®) model is licensed by CalVet in a nonexclusive arrangement as the CalVet REN (R added to sound good). It is also available to be built with other funders.
It is a “model” in the sense that it is a set defined objectives and methods that are specific, unique and replicable enough to qualify for copyright and trademark. Housing is one part of the whole, and the whole is demonstrated to equal more than the sum of the parts in that our research has proven outcomes that cannot be created by any part individually.
Our programs produce measurable outcome-proven results including, but not limited to:
- The median income for the military families has increased by 19% after one year of living in their homes.
- This is more than 4 times higher than the national rate of increase of 3% (in 2015).