Are More Than Just Housing
Each part of a Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® has defined components that have articulated guidelines. These have been tested and work for funders, government grant guidelines, and our families.
Enriched Neighborhoods® are more than just housing
Our neighborhoods include at least 12 Units, a common garden, and some form of open space for children or families to congregate.
Our construction in the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® model includes specific home modifications for visible and invisible wounds of war common to veterans and utilizes sustainability and green building practices. Click here to read a White Paper that discusses home modifications for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
The outcome measures use a survey developed by the California State University, Northridge which has been proven for interrater reliability and for its power and statistical significance. This survey, which looks at proven predictors of success over the lifespan, measures individual, interpersonal, and family success across education, socioeconomic status, financial literacy, and health.
Costs to build and loan to value index are controlled for financing and funders. Mortgage, insurance, taxes, and HOA dues are capped based on buyer’s income and affordability guidelines. Appropriate resale restrictions to control “flipping” and ensure community stability but allow for reasonable equity growth in order to achieve upward mobility.
Based on availability and need, classes and services have been developed or selected that are proven to be predictive of self-sufficiency and upward mobility. Additional programming for trauma-informed care is offered to help ensure quality of life. This latter piece is known as My TIME (Trauma Informed Military Enrichment). Weekly care management meetings allow ongoing review and oversight.
What makes this model most unique is the no-cost self-sufficiency training and social services that are easily accessible the neighborhoods where the families live. Provision of these services, such as financial training and health and wellness programs, allows our families to become self-sufficient and learn skills and gain necessary tools to move out of the endless cycle of poverty housing and into the middle class.
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