PALMDALE — The nonprofit Homes 4 Families organization seeks the public’s help after two burglars stole more than $25,000 worth of construction materials about 3 a.m. Tuesday at the site of a future 56-home neighborhood intended for low-income veterans and their families.
The project site on Division Street and Avenue R has security cameras that caught images of the thieves as they cut through two fences and broke into a storage container. They took a bunch of supplies and materials that were meant for the houses under construction, including rebar, paint, plumbing and irrigation materials, and electrical supplies.
“We’re hoping to get monetary donations and Home Depot gift cards,” said Stacey Chiang, grant writer and corporate development associate for Homes 4 Families.
By collecting cash donations and the gift cards the organization can do a one-to-one replacement of the stolen items.
“We have to make sure all 56 houses end up looking the same,” Chiang said.
The 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 organization approved about 12 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. 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.
Houses 4 Families also has veteran communities in Sylmar and Santa Clarita. The Palmdale neighborhood will include design features including Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant electrical outlets and switches so as not to exacerbate knee and back pain, all-LED lighting in place of fluorescent lighting (which has been found to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury symptoms), master bath modifications and a more open floor plan for easy wheelchair/walker access and clear sightlines to put PTSD sufferers at ease.
Monetary donations or Home Depot gift cards can be sent to Homes 4 Families at 21031 Ventura Blvd. Suite 610, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.
Donations can also be made online at www.Homes4Families.org/donations. You can specify that your donation be used for the Burglary Replacement Fund. All contributions are tax-deductible and will go directly toward helping veterans and military families achieve their dream of home ownership.