Rebuild Upstate Awarded $30,000 to Preserve Homes for Rural Veterans

Staff Report

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Veterans and their families in rural communities will have better lives thanks to The Home Depot Foundation and the Housing Assistance Council and their efforts to build and preserve safe housing for U.S. veterans living in rural communities. 

Rebuild Upstate was awarded $30,000 to support home preservation for veterans living in Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties. In 2019, Rebuild Upstate repaired homes for 16 Upstate veterans. These funds are expected to repair six homes. 

The grant funds are provided by The Home Depot Foundation and align with its mission to improve the homes and lives of our nation’s heroes and invest a half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025. Too many American veterans and their families face major housing challenges, aggravated by issues like unemployment, age and service-related disabilities. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to giving back to those who have served us all. 

In 2019, Rebuild Upstate repaired 163 homes that resulted in 478 total projects and using 1,218 volunteers. To put those numbers in perspective, Rebuild Upstate worked on 172 homes, with 499 total projects and 1,488 volunteers in 2018. It was 160, 477 and 1,489 in 2017.

“Rebuild Upstate is honored to be a part of this initiative to serve U.S. veterans,” said Chris Manley, President/CEO and Founder of Rebuild Upstate. “These resources will allow us to improve the homes of people spending even more time at home right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”