Operation Homefront building homes for veterans


A San Antonio-based nonprofit is building transitional housing for veterans and their families in Stephens City, Va. and is seeking applicants for the new home. 

Operation Homefront, a national non-profit organization, has been building homes for military families for over 15 years.

“Our mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they’ve worked so hard to protect,” said Jill Eskin-Smith, the senior director of corporate and foundation partnerships of Operation Homefront.

 Eskin-Smith says Operation Homefront has built over 600 permanent houses for military families. The organization’s new program, Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration, hopes to provide housing for veterans for limited time.

“We are looking to provide them with a stable, secure home for a period of about two to three years,” said Eskin-Smith. “While they get themselves back on their feet and acclimate themselves back into civilian life.”

After the two to three year period, Operation Homefront believes the family will be financially stable enough to purchase their own home, allowing another family to enter the program.

The Stephens City property is the third home build for the transitional housing program this year and Operation Homefront plans to build another five homes in 2019.

The rent-free home is being built by the Pulte Group, an Atlanta-based construction company that has partnered with Operation Homefront on a number of builds. For Pulte Group manager of resource planning Jon Hand, being able to work on such a project is meaningful.

“For me, it hits home because I’m a military dependent. My father is a veteran,” said Hand. “I’m seriously honored to give this back, and we will continue to do this as a division.”

Construction is still on-going but Eskin-Smith and Hand expect the house to be completed in late August. However, they still need a family to occupy it.

“The home is absolutely beautiful. It is a 1,900 square foot home,” said Eskin-Smith. “It is a four bedroom, two and a half bath property and we are greatly looking forward to presenting it to a military family.”

If you or someone you know leaving the military is interested in applying for this rent-free home in Stephens City, go to OperationHomefront.org and click on Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration under the drop down menu Our Programs.

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