The Fiona Fencing group poses for a photo before they begin to build a fence during Habitat for Humanity's 8th Annual Women’s Empowerment Build in Santa Clarita Valley.

Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley recently held its 8th Annual Women’s Build event in Santa Clarita Valley.

More than 300 women from all over the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, ages 16 to 60 and beyond, donned their pink hard hats, rolled up their sleeves and set to work helping to build homes for 24 low-income veterans and their families.

This was to complete the third phase of a CalVet REN (Residential Enriched Neighborhood, in support of female veterans.

Habitat estimates that over 1,800 labor hours were donated to construction of the final 24 homes of a 78-home veteran Enriched Neighborhood, the organization which has been building houses over the last decade. Almost 150 families have already moved into their homes, with more than 70 of them being veterans. 

Work at the event included building fencing, drainage ditches, stucco, sidewalks and curbs.

 This local Habitat affiliate uses an Enriched Neighborhood model developed by its sister organization, Homes 4 Families. In addition to providing homes, the organization offers an outcome-based program of wrap-around services and education that enables under-served families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills, and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status.

For veterans and their military families, these wrap-around services are enhanced with much-needed trauma-informed programs and services to address PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues. 

Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys’ mission is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families, and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.org.

Homes For FamiliesTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low-income families through the development and replication of the Enriched Neighborhood® model. For more information, go to www.Homes4Families.org.