The Jackson Street Nickelsville homeless encampment will be receiving sleeping structures and tent platforms tomorrow, courtesy of a partnership between the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and The Home Depot Foundation.
LIHI and Home Depot have assembled a group of 80 volunteers, 65 of which are Home Depot Associates, to build a total of six tent platforms and three sleeping structures at the homeless encampment at 2020 S. Jackson Street. Volunteers are also slated to paint the encampment’s existing sleeping structures, install a new storage unit for food and donations, and build a play area for children.
The project honors Veteran’s Day and the estimated 10 veterans living at the Jackson Street encampment. Recent data from the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans counts 76,229 homeless veterans. LIHI says it has made housing veterans a priority, providing homes to 400 single veterans and veterans with families and serving an estimated 1,750 veterans each year at hygiene centers called Urban Rest Stops.
“We thank The Home Depot Foundation for providing a grant of $14,000 for LIHI to purchase building materials for the tent platforms, sleeping structures, and children’s play area as well as paint, concrete blocks and a storage shed so that homeless families including veterans can have a safe place to live at Nickelsville”, said Sharon Lee, LIHI’s Executive Director, in a press release. “With the help of Home Depot volunteers, we can help end homelessness for veterans.”