August 28, 2012 |

Local Habitat for Humanity seeking veteran homeowners in need of outdoor maintenance

With the successful launch of the Veteran Housing Initiative, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is accepting applications from Veterans and their families for outdoor maintenance services.

On Memorial Day Weekend 2012, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh launched its Veteran Housing Initiative by helping a disabled Korean War veteran by trimming his trees and bushes, checking his gutters and roof, resetting his stepping stones, mowing his lawn, clearing backyard brush, and replacing his rotting garage door. The veteran only had a repayment to Habitat of $25.

Now, the affiliate is seeking veterans in Allegheny County in need of similar services. Since then, Habitat has helped other veterans in Allegheny County with outdoor maintenance and home repairs that the veteran cannot physically or financially do.

Community Outreach Coordinator and program leader Jeremy Martin describes the importance of this program saying "this is Habitat's opportunity to partner with veterans, their families, volunteers, and the public to make sure that no veteran in Allegheny County is without decent, affordable, and most of all safe and accessible housing.

"This is our way of serving those who served our country. Even if it is just mowing their lawn and clearing their backyard debris, it may seem trivial to us, but to them it is making their lives that much easier. They deserve nothing less."

Examples of services offered include:

• Mowing lawn for Veterans physically unable to

• Brush and debris removal

• Minor painting touchups

• Trimming of bushes and trees

• Minor landscaping

Veterans must follow Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh guidelines including:

• The house must be owned by veteran or a family member and the veteran must be occupying the residence as his/her primary residence

• Meet income guidelines (Family of two gross income should be $13,450-$26.880)

• Willing to partner with Habitat including media

If you or a Veteran you know is interested, or if you would like to volunteer on Veteran projects, please contact Jeremy Martin at Jmartin@pittsburghhabitat.org or 412-351-0512x11

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