The San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys Chapter of Habitat for Humanity hosts its inaugural Homes 4 Families Rainbow Build at Habitat for Humanity’s SF/SCV Veteran Enriched Neighborhood, located at 21550 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita, on Saturday, June 3.
Members of the community are invited to join and help build homes for veterans.
John Musella is serving as chairman of the inaugural Rainbow Build. Musella is the first openly gay chairman of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and is the former chairman of Log Cabin Republicans California, the largest statewide Republican LGBT organization in the nation.
“I cannot think of a more meaningful way to kick-off Pride month than the inaugural Rainbow Build,” Musella said. “Our veterans have given of themselves to protect American freedom and liberty, including those for LGBTQ Americans. We need to do our part to honor them and their sacrifices.”
Habitat for Humanity firmly believes that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live. Members of the LGBTQA+ community still struggle daily from the pushback they receive, and the last thing needed is for veterans of the LGBTQA+ community to come back from serving this country to find no support.
“Our goal is to raise awareness of the need for affordable Veteran housing,” said Donna Deutchman, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. “We must honor the diversity in our community and we believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live.”
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the official U.S. policy for military service, issued in December of 1993 and officially repealed September 20, 2011. Homosexuals and bisexuals have since then been able to serve openly in the military.
About Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley
Habitat for Humanity’s 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. The locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serves North Los Angeles city and county, building houses and futures for low-income families. This Habitat affiliate specializes in building Enriched Neighborhood® communities, which hold the promise to move low-income families up into the middle class and have built 320 homes to date. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.org.
About Homes 4 Families
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low-income families through the development and replication of the Enriched Neighborhood® model, Homes 4 Families offers a powerful outcome-based program of wraparound services and education that empowers underserved families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status. For more information, go to www.Homes4Families.org.
About the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1923, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocacy organization in the Santa Clarita Valley. Covering the third largest city in the county of Los Angeles, the SCV Chamber has more than 1,000 members, focusing on local, state and national issues that affect the business community. For more information, visit www.scvchamber.com.
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