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What is Habitat for Heroes?

The East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity (ESTHFH) initiative is to provide housing solutions to US veterans, military service members, and their families. ESTHFH will focus on five core activities:

  • Build: Provide simple, decent and affordable housing solutions for military, veterans and their families
  • Mobilize: Engage military members, veterans, families, veterans’ groups and all military supporters in volunteer programs and veteran-related advocacy.
  • Employ: Capitalize on skill sets gained from military service with recruitment targeting veterans as ESTHFH employees, board members and extended volunteers, national service members, interns and fellows.
  • Educate:  provide access to financial literacy and homeownership education programs.
  • Honor: Host regular slate of events highlighting veteran housing needs and honoring their service. Target dates include the 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day, and Veterans Day.

Why Veterans? Why Now?

Nearly 4 million veteran households pay more than 30% of income for housing.

  • More than 1.5 million of these households pay more than 50% of income for housing (severe cost burden).
  • Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance.
  • A substantial subset of veterans struggles economically. Approximately 1.4 million veterans (6.7%) live in poverty.

How to qualify

Owning a home is part of the American Dream. Veterans who wish to apply for a Habitat home in the East St. Tammany communities of Slidell, Lacombe, Alton, and Pearl River must meet the following criteria:

  • Need for shelter
  • Willingness to partner
  • Ability to pay
  • Filled out application

Families are selected by ESTHFH Family Selection Committee.

Applications for homeownership will be given out the week of Aug 5-9. All veterans must provide DD-214 to receive an application.

Please visit our website to see detailed information @ or call East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity for any questions, 985-639-0656.


We invite you to partner with us in raising money for this first Veteran’s Build.

All donations are tax deductible. A receipt and letter of acknowledgement will be sent promptly. In-kind donations, or gifts in lieu of money, are always welcome.


From coast to coast, veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces are pitching in as Habitat volunteers, sometimes building for fellow vets or active duty personnel, sometimes for civilians.

This partnership ― between the country’s biggest builder of simple, decent, affordable housing and those who have served or are serving their country ― is growing. East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity has many projects that need the leadership and expertise of our heroes in our community.
Join us as we break ground on November 11, 2013 (Veterans Day)