RIVERSIDE, CA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- HomeAid Inland Empire and Operation SafeHouse recently received a large grant from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation (LCHF). The grant provided a significant amount of the construction funding required to renovate a Transitional Living Program (TLP) apartment facility for homeless emancipated youth in Riverside, and help construct a new education building at the Operation SafeHouse emergency and transitional shelter location in Thousand Palms.---
Riverside city and county officials as well as building industry and Lennar dignitaries were on hand at the dedication of the newly-renovated Operation SafeHouse 22-unit apartment that provides important transitional housing for emancipated youth between the ages of 18 and 22 working to establish self sufficiency through education, job training and personal development counseling.
"While HomeAid Inland Empire and Operation SafeHouse were able to provide some money from our very limited shelter development budgets, and Capital Pacific Real Estate (CPRE) LLC, the Builder Captain for the project, contributed additional funds and got in-kind donations of labor and materials from their subcontractors and suppliers, this much-needed facility improvement undertaking would never have been able to move forward had it not been for the generous financial support of the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation," commented HomeAid Inland Empire Executive Director Ray Osborne at the dedication.
"The Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation, which has been funded by donations from our thousands of new home buyers throughout the country, is proud to have been able to contribute to this project on behalf of our Inland Empire home buyers, " said Lennar Inland Empire Division President Mark Torres. "LCHF is able to provide grant funds to help create quality facilities to serve the homeless, like the Operation SafeHouse emancipated youth transitional living apartments in Riverside as well as the education building in Thousand Palms, solely because of the generosity shown by the people who purchase our homes, and we at Lennar sincerely appreciate the donations they made to our charitable housing foundation over the years," he added.
The renovations at the Operation SafeHouse homeless emancipated youth shelter included replacing the flooring and outdated appliances, installing weather-stripping to make each of the apartment units more energy efficient and making much-needed repairs to the roof. Two new energy-saving water heating units were also installed the serve the facility.
In addition to the renovations at the Operation SafeHouse facility in Riverside, funds from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation grant are also be used to help construct a new education building at the Operation SafeHouse facility in Thousand Palms, where there are 20 emergency shelter beds and 22 transitional living beds provided to serve the temporary housing needs of homeless emancipated youth in the Coachella Valley area.
"We certainly appreciate the efforts of HomeAid Inland Empire, as well as Scott Coler, Mark Mullin, Dan Siqueiros and the entire construction team at CPRE, and, of course, the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation for their donations and outstanding support in helping us get these important renovation and construction projects completed," commented Kathy McAdara, Executive Director of Operation SafeHouse.
HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) is a non-profit organization that works with various service provider partners, like Operation SafeHouse, to renovate or build dignified, quality shelter facilities to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties as they work to rebuild their lives.
In 2013, the Riverside-based operation will be undertaking a total five shelter renovation and construction projects in the Inland Empire, adding 114 critically-needed permanent beds to help end homelessness in the two-county area.
Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 23 other homeless shelters, housing 629 beds. The value of these facilities is over $16.7 million with more than $6.2 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials provided by members of the Building Industry Association (BIA) Riverside County and Baldy View chapters through HomeAid Inland Empire.
For more information about HomeAid Inland contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the organization's website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation. To learn more about the services provided by Operation SafeHouse go to their website at operationsafehouse.org
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