5B REALTORS for Veterans Fun Run
Saturday, October 1, 2016
5B HOMELESS VET FREE!
Mission: 5B Realtors for Veterans provides a range of assistance and grants to promote sustainable housing solutions for Blaine County veterans and their families.
Veteran homelessness is a nationwide epidemic. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that roughly 1.4 million veterans are deemed “at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.”
Lending to the issues are known factors of influence for at-risk veterans which include an,“extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment.”
We know that some of the aforementioned are already obstacles for our valley’s workforce residents and though veterans homelessness is not currently widespread, the number of veterans returning and retiring from over a decade of war to settle here is increasing monthly. A few of these veterans have been or are currently homeless or “couch-surfing” and several others are barely making it, relying on very meager, month-to-month and single-source incomes to support their families.
Community support of this event helps to ensure that the nationwide epidemic of veteran homelessness never reaches our county. 100% of proceeds will go toward sustainable housing assistance for veterans. Some of our programs will include first time homebuyer classes, credit counseling, moving expenses, rental search, adapting homes for disabilities, interest rate buy downs, and even down payment assistance.
Together, we are helping to ensure a better future for Blaine county veterans.
All contributions are welcomed.
For more information contact Amanda or Brandee at 208.726.7764.