PALMDALE — A community under construction for veterans and their families in Palmdale got a boost this weekend from Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who contributed $350,000 to the project.

“Our veterans are so important to our county — and our nation,” Barger said. “It was my honor to join Homes 4 Families and the City of Palmdale for the Hard Hats for Heroes Build where we work to provide affordable homes to our local heroes.  Through my office, we were able to contribute $350,000 for this project which will benefit veterans and their families here in the Antelope Valley.”

Barger formally presented the second installment of the $350,000 donation during a Hard Hats 4 Heroes building event on Saturday, in which volunteers, including a number of veterans, lent their time and talent to further construction work in the neighborhood. It’s unclear when the first installment was awarded.

The more than 125 volunteers who worked included groups from Edwards Air Force Base, Antelope Valley Hospital and Palmdale Regional Medical Center, according to Homes 4 Families.

The donation is from the Fifth Supervisorial District office’s discretionary funds, officials said.

The housing project is being built under Homes 4 Families’ veteran enriched neighborhood model, which offers home ownership and family enrichment services to low-income veterans and their families. Complimentary “wraparound” services include financial literacy, trauma-informed care, services for military children and veteran-to-veteran support.

The neighborhood at Avenue R and Division Street is taking shape, with two homes built last month, thanks to the participation of hundreds of volunteers and the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” television show.

Volunteers also built a community playground during the filming.

The organization approved about 16 veterans for the homes, so far. Veterans are required to complete enrichment services including financial education and post-traumatic stress disorder programs before they move in, and contribute in sweat equity to the construction.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed and ready for the veterans and their families to move in by the end of 2020.

The project is being built in partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the City of Palmdale.

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