5B REALTORS® for Veterans provides a range of assistance and grants to promote sustainable housing solutions for Blaine County veterans and their families.
Blaine County is home to approximately 1,500 veterans (census.gov) and an alarming number of those veterans and their families live below the poverty line. This is a call out to our community to stand by local veterans facing housing challenges.
Community support helps to ensure that the nationwide epidemic of veteran homelessness never impacts our county. 100% of the proceeds goes to sustainable housing assistance for Blaine County veterans.
For more information contact Amanda or Brandee at 208.726.7764.
5B Realtors for Veterans will provide programs such as:
· First-time home-buyer classes/assistance
· Moving expenses
· Rental search
· Adapting homes for disabilities
· Interest rate buy downs
· Down payment assistance
Our heroes deserve more and it starts with awareness and understanding. Locally and nationally, veterans homelessness is a nationwide epidemic. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that roughly 1.4 million veterans are deemed “at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.”
Other known factors of influence for at-risk veterans both in Blaine County and across the country include an, “extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” Lending to this problem is the fact that “military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment.”
We know that some of the aforementioned are already obstacles for our valley’s workforce residents. Though veterans’ homelessness is not currently widespread the number of veterans returning and retiring from over a decade of war to settle here is increasing annually. A few of these veterans have been, or are currently homeless or “couch-surfing,” and several others are barely getting by, relying on very meager, month-to-month and single-source incomes to support their families.