December 9, 2015
HomeAid San Diego’s newest housing development project – Interfaith Community Service’s Hawthorne Veterans and Family Resource Center in Escondido, CA, was officially dedicated on October 7th, 2015. The Resource Center will provide beds and services for 20 formerly homeless veterans and 12 homeless non-veterans. The new center is in a former medical office building that had been vacant for 20 years. Renovations began in February, 2015 and the majority of the $3.2 million project was funded through gifts and in-kind construction donations.
Interfaith’s recuperative care program for veterans began in 2010 and is the only one in the state of California, and one of five in the nation funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Greg Angela, executive director of Interfaith Community Services, said veterans will stay one, two or three months at the new center, and nonveterans will stay 45 to 90 days, with some flexibility for both.
HomeAid San Diego, the local chapter of the national nonprofit HomeAid America, Inc., worked with the construction industry to solicit in-kind donations of labor, materials, and professional services to renovate the building. Johnson & Jennings Contracting lead the construction process and Ware Malcomb was the architect. Alexis Parker, executive director of HomeAid San Diego, said donations and discounts from the construction industry totaled $1.2 million.
In December 2015, Interfaith will open a year-round shelter in Escondido for 49 men and women called Haven House. HomeAid San Diego is also leading the charge on the renovation of this first permanent, emergency shelter in the North County with the professional help of CREW Builders.