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Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Contact:
Laura Williams-Parrish, Community Relations Manager
719.475.7800 ext. 106
laura@pikespeakhabitat.org

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Recognizes Armed Forces Day and Helps Local Veteran Family Build New Home

Colorado Springs, CO (May 16, 2020) – May 16 marks the United States of America’s Armed Forces Day, a day for our country to appreciate all active duty service members. Established in 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, Armed Forces Day combined celebrations into one day for all U.S. military branches as they were united under the Department of Defense.

As we honor our military forces locally and nationwide, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) is proud to be a Veterans Build affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We are dedicated to serving U.S. veterans, military service members and their families in El Paso County.

The last thing a veteran should have to worry about is fighting for their own home.

Our second Veterans Build is for Ron and Amanda and their three girls. Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army as a high school senior, and he eventually came to Fort Carson where he served as a medic. About the same time, Amanda’s father was completing his 21-year career in the army, also at Fort Carson. Ron and Amanda happened to meet at a local coffee shop, and after marrying and having their first daughter, they moved to Fountain, Colorado. Now they have three daughters. Amanda is a stay-at-home mom and Ron works as a tow truck driver.

Securing affordable housing for their family has been tough. The townhome where they were living was sold to a new company, and untimely renovations forced all renters out of the complex in the middle of winter with only 60 days’ notice to relocate. They settled in a small home where all three girls share one tiny bedroom.

Now as future Habitat homeowners, Amanda and Ron have spent hundreds of hours building their Habitat house in Fountain alongside volunteers, and they will close on their new home in June. Their dream of a stable home and safe neighborhood for their children is coming true.

A house dedication is planned tentatively for June 6, 2020, although given the COVID-19 situation, the dedication will be virtually shared instead of in-person, with a pre-recorded video celebration. Please watch PPHFH’s website and social media below for updates.

About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) builds affordable housing in El Paso County in partnership with the community and prospective homeowners. Partner families build their home alongside volunteers, and purchase their house with an affordable mortgage. PPHFH has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1986 and has assisted 175 families achieve and maintain homeownership in El Paso County. As an official Veterans Build Affiliate with Habitat for Humanity International, PPHFH is part of a national effort to not only provide affordable and decent homes for men and women who have served, but we also join a larger voice advocating for the needs of our veterans and their families. We are committed to seeking more volunteer engagement from veteran groups as well as recruiting veterans for employment, internships, and other service opportunities. To learn more about our Veterans Build, please visit https://pikespeakhabitat.org/veteranbuild and a media kit can be found here. For more information, visit www.pikespeakhabitat.org. Find us on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Housing Facts about Veterans
The National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that 2.5 million veterans heading households are at least 55 years of age. Of those 2.5 million veterans, 24% have housing cost burdens. Unlike our older civilians, our older veterans are more likely to have a disability - 35% versus 28% - which may require home modifications, health and other supportive services as they age.

According to a report by the National Housing Conference, nearly half of our veterans who are single mothers spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Our female veterans face significant economic and housing challenges and are particularly vulnerable to housing cost burdens compared with our overall veteran population.

The current economic situation has made the transition from military service to civilian life difficult for many of our veterans.

In addition, nearly 4 million of our veterans pay at least 30% of their income toward rent or mortgage, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50%. As you can imagine, using half of your income to pay your rent or mortgage is an enormous strain on any budget.

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2020 Press Releases:

Pikes Peak Habitat Recognizes Armed Forces Day and Helps Local Veteran Family Build New Home

National Day of Prayer Sets Stage for Virtual Ground Blessing of Habitat-Thrivent “Faith Build” Home

GivingTuesdayNow - May 5, 2020

ReStore’s 2020 Earth Day Donation Challenge

Dedication of New Habitat Community

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Elects Eric Stolp to Board of Directors

2019 Press Releases:

Support Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity on Colorado Gives Day

Pikes Peak Habitat Celebrates GivingTuesday with a Gingerbread Home Build

Colorado Gives Day v. GivingTuesday

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Elects Peter Hilts to Board of Directors

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Elects Shannon Baumgartner to Board of Directors

World Habitat Day 2019

2019 Real Estate Build

Federal Funding for Pikes Peak Habitat

2019 Women Build Program

2nd Veteran Home Build Ground Blessing

Legislative Build Day

George Hammond Build Dedication

"Cost of Home" Campaign Launch

2019 PPHFH Board Leadership

Habitat Donor Appreciation Event 2019

Thrivent Builds House Ground Blessing

Habitat Announces Partnership with Thrivent to Build Home

Habitat Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Event

Thrivent Builds Home with Habitat for Family of Six

2018 Press Releases:

Groundbreaking of New Habitat Community

Board of Directors Selects Ryan Teeples as New Member

First Annual “Veteran Home Build” for Local Veteran

USAFA 10 ABW Chapel Helps Build With Habitat

Real Estate Companies Join Together to Build Home for Family of Seven

2018 PPHFH Board Announcement

Hail Damage in Fountain, Colorado

CSI Construction Partners with Habitat to Build New House for Family of Five

Habitat Dedicates Houses for Two Families

2018 National Women Build Week Kick-off

National Women Build Week 2018

“This is my home.”

“It will change my family’s lives forever.”

Sorpresa Lane Fire

2018 Thrivent Builds Homes Partnership Announcement

2017 Press Releases:

Habitat Tops Indeed's 2017 "Best Non-Profit Places to Work List!

Pikes Peak Habitat elects two members to Board of Directors

Records for a Roof

Veteran Home Build Groundbreaking

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Kicks-off First Annual “Veteran Home Build” for Local Veteran

Pikes Peak Habitat Real Estate Build Announcement

Pikes Peak Habitat Board Build Groundbreaking Announcement

Pikes Peak Habitat Ground Blessing Announcement

Hurricane Harvey statement

Statement by Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia