Program aids returning veterans with affordable rent
After losing a job and a home, this family starts anew with the help of Project We Remember.
As if Iraq war veterans don’t have enough obstacles returning to civilian life, now they face the double whammy of rising unemployment and a housing crisis that may already have put their finances in jeopardy. And certainly, the government has created programs to help veterans deal with foreclosures and becoming first-time homebuyers. But when that’s not enough, veterans can look to some (extra)ordinary citizens for a little help in these tough economic times.
The Arizona Republic writes about one such program, Project We Remember, which is helping one family climb out of its financial turmoil after Army veteran Chris Esquivel lost his job as a real-estate agent, then lost his home to foreclosure. Within days of contacting Project We Remember, Esquivel and his family moved into a brand-new apartment building, where they are paying half the normal rent for a year as part of the program. The developer of the property, Kaplan Management Co. of Houston, whose president also is a veteran, has set aside at least one other unit for a veteran in need of a helping hand.
From the Project We Remember Web site:
“Project We Remember is dedicated to helping those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. It is our primary purpose to raise funds for individuals and non-profit organizations that provide support to our military men and women when they and their families are in need beyond that which is provided by their respective service branch. We believe that we can provide a significant positive effect on the daily lives and the morale of our service personnel by demonstrating that we care both in words and in actions.”
Do you know of any other programs veterans can turn to when their housing is in jeopardy?
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.