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1974 - Gov. Ronald Reagan speaks at dedication of COC's first permanent building, the William G. Bonelli Instructional Resource Center [story]
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Getting it done — Lockheed Martin employees mix cement and pour sidewalks to help veterans build 78 homes in Santa Clarita with Habitat for Humanity. | Photo: Linda KC Reynolds.

By Linda KC Reynolds, Aerotech News Staff Writer

Veterans are one step closer to moving into their new homes in Santa Clarita and soon a new neighborhood for veterans will be built in Palmdale, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and hundreds of volunteers, including employees of Lockheed Martin, which has also donated $15,000 to the projects.

Aerospace industry volunteers recently painted flashing, mixed and poured cement for sidewalks, and reinforced framing in homes that will soon be ready for low-income veterans and their families.

The Habitat housing project in Santa Clarita consists of 78 homes.

“It’s such a blessing and heartwarming to be working alongside Lockheed and other volunteers,” said retired Army veteran Mark Johnson, who will be purchasing a home in Santa Clarita. Johnson is a single parent with three children.

“I would never be able to afford such a beautiful home if it wasn’t for this program and volunteers,” Johnson said.

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Lockheed Martin donated $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers help to build homes for low-income veterans. Seventy-eight homes will soon be completed in Santa Clarita and there was a groundbreaking ceremony in Palmdale July 5 for 56 new homes. | Photo: Linda KC Reynolds

Veterans must put in 500 hours of sweat equity as a part of paying for their homes. Johnson has been coming every Saturday for the past year to do his part.

“I really count my blessings every day and I wish I knew how to express how thankful I am,” Johnson said. He paused to wipe his eyes and catch his breath. “This is what makes this country so great.”

Katelyn Humphrey, a Lockheed Martin aerospace engineer associate, helped Johnson and others pour sidewalks. She also volunteers to build loft houses with her church, the Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, for families in Mexico.

“Volunteering to help build someone a home is such a great honor,” she said. “Just by volunteering a few hours, you can really impact lives — it’s a very cool thing to be a part of.”

Veterans do not use their VA Loan benefits, but instead secure a first mortgage through Cal Vet and a second mortgage through Habitat for Humanity. Because of the volunteers and donations, a house is about half price for a veteran.

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Members of the Santa Clarita Quilters Guild make a quilt for every veteran who closes escrow on a Habitat for Humanity home. Photo: Linda KC Reynolds.

Homes are 100 percent solar powered, with tankless water heaters and no fluorescent lighting, which can trigger PTSD. The average electric bill is 97 cents per month and nobody’s electric bill has exceeded $6 per month, said Donielle De Leon, Lockheed’s director of Corporate and Community Engagement.

Families are also required to take 50 hours of financial literacy training.

“It is great for first-time homeowners because we can teach them how to budget and they know what to expect to make them successful homeowners,” De Leon said.

“Our military proudly serves to keep us safe. Along with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, we are in turn trying to support our veterans and their families to help improve their lives,” said Theresa Garcia, Lockheed Martin community communications manager. “Plus, by doing this, we also encourage greater awareness and appreciation for our military among the civilian population.”

A ground-breaking ceremony took place July 5 at 30043 Division Street in Palmdale, where 56 Habitat homes will be built.

This article was originally published by Aerotech News. Republished with permission.

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  1. Maria says:

    This is a great venture. Thank you Lockheed Martin and all volunteers who help build these homes for our veterans. God bless you all. Keep up the good work.

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