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Habitat for Humanity builds neighborhood exclusively for veterans

(Source: Habitat for Humanity website) (Source: Habitat for Humanity website)
Habitat House in the Grace Point neighborhood (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 2, 2016) Habitat House in the Grace Point neighborhood (FOX Carolina/ Aug. 2, 2016)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Habitat for Humanity is hard at work on its inaugural Veteran Build initiative, which will build a safe, sustainable neighborhood for veteran families.

On Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity said one home will dedicated to a veteran in the Grace Point neighborhood.

Grace Point, located off of the White Horse Road corridor, contains six existing homes in need of renovation, and seven lots ready for construction.

All homes that will be built or renovated will be reserved exclusively for veterans and their families, officials said.

“Despite their sacrifice and service to our country, veterans face a risk of housing instability when they return,” said Monroe Free, Executive Director of Habitat Greenville.  “Through the development of Grace Point, we are making a commitment to our local veterans that they will be able to find safe and secure affordable housing in Greenville. We are asking the community to make the same commitment to our local heroes through support of this initiative.”

Between new home construction, purchasing and rehabilitating the existing homes, and the cost of the home ownership program, the Grace Point project aims to raise $1.4 million to develop the neighborhood.  More than $900,000 of that sum has already been raised.

The neighborhood is estimated to be completed by 2018.

This initiative is the first of its kind in Greenville, Habitat officials said.

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