They put their lives on the line for our freedom, but far too often our veterans return from service and are unable to obtain the American Dream. But for one local veteran, all of that is about to change.
The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) is working to renovate a home donated from the Nevada Division of Housing. It has been vacant since 2012 and has fallen into disarray.
The home needs work from top to bottom. Everything from a new roof, interior/exterior paint, windows, all new kitchen & bath and flooring are just some of the problems. The home also needs electrical and plumbing work.
But once finished, it will be a dream home for one local veteran.
“You need something to be proud of in your life,” William Process, president of the VAREP of Northern Nevada, said. “We’re going to make someone a home they can be proud of and they can move forward with their life and hit a reset button.”
While the home is being renovated, the VAREP will be accepting applications from local veterans who need a home.
“It’s going to be great,” Kimberly Ritter, secretary for the VAREP of Northern Nevada, said. “Whether it is a family, somebody who has children. It could be a single veteran, it could be a woman, so it’s exciting to see who we get to hand those keys to.”
There are very few restrictions. The home will be given to the veteran mortgage-free. The person just needs to live in the home for 5 years.
To apply the veteran must meet the following guidelines:
Must be a veteran (DD214 as proof of service), or surviving spouse.
Must complete “House a Vet” Intake Application and home must be primary residence.
Must complete $99.00 online financial management and home buyer education classes (This class will be taken after applicant has been selected by VAREP).
All participants must have income for utilities, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, Homeowner Association (If applicable), living expenses, and savings account contribution.
Must consent to credit and criminal background checks.
All participants of the mortgage-free donation are required to participate in a three-year financial and homeownership mentoring/counseling program.
But with the house in need of so much work, the VAREP is looking for help from the community.
“From individuals who want to come out and help with the clean up to contractors and other vendors who can donate supplies, donate their time or just come out and work at reduced wages; whatever you can give,” Process said.
There is also a charity golf tournament Monday, October 12 at Somersett Golf Course. Registration begins at 8:30am and all proceeds will help pay for renovations. To sign up or for information on how to donate, click the link attached to this article.