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Contact: Tim Morris
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Operation Victory Announces Completion of 3rd Renovated Home for Homeless Veteran
Home to be Provided to Veteran at January 27th Dedication Ceremony
Louisville, KY (January 27, 2020)—Greater Louisville area unions, The Housing Partnership Inc., Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Metro United Way, the Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, and businesses have formed a partnership to Help a Homeless Veteran. Union, businesses, and community groups came together to rehabilitate a home in the South End of Louisville. With more than 50 organizations donating and volunteering, and after more than 1000 volunteer hours, the formerly shuttered and dilapidated house is ready to be a home and be provided to veteran Torre Keith Harris.
A homeless hero now has a place to call home. “I’m short for words. I can’t really explain how I feel,” said Torre Keith Harris. “Appreciative. I’m really appreciative. I don’t have to worry about where I have to go to next, where I go to eat.” A former veteran, Harris served in the United States Marine Corps in Special Operations as a Forward Observer in Fire Support, an important artillery position coordinating the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps on specific targets essential to battle. Forward Observers are first responders and require intelligence, accuracy and difficult decision making under extreme pressure that may change the course of battle. Harris has expressed post-traumatic stress from having served.
Harris currently works as a construction contractor on various jobs, but after suffering a car accident that compromised his ability to work, Harris found himself homeless. He has been living this way on and off for nearly 15 years. Recently hired as a contractor to rehabilitate abandoned homes by The Housing Partnership, Inc., Harris was found by HPI’s Director of Construction, Tawana Hughes, to be living in houses he was contracted to renovate. Ms. Hughes argued that a contractor of The Housing Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit real estate development company whose mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities to those in need, should not be homeless. She encouraged Harris to apply to Operation Victory.
Mr. Harris is the third recipient to receive a house under Operation Victory.
EVENT: Dedication Ceremony for 3rd Renovated Home for Homeless Veteran
LOCATION: 3805 Parthenia Avenue, Louisville, KY 40215
DATE: Monday, January 27th at 4:00pm
TIME: Program to begin at 4:00pm, would be best to arrive by 3:30pm for interviews before program.
VISUALS: Renovated Home, Volunteers and Sponsoring organizations, ROTC, Veterans, Flags
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Todd Dunn with the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council/UAW 862, Teresa Reno-Weber from Metro United Way, Rob Locke Board Member w/Housing Partnership Inc., Mayor Greg Fischer, Pam Evans with GE Appliances, Heather French Henry MC for the event, Lt. Colonel Keith Jackson with KDVA, Nicole George with Metro Council, Harold Reynolds from IBEW 369, Christie McCravy with Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and Torre Keith Harris the veteran receiving the home.
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Operation Victory was started in 2017 by labor unions, community groups, and local businesses wanting to help reduce veteran homelessness. This event marks the third home and third formerly homeless veteran Operation Victory will have assisted with permanent housing, after taking boarded up houses and through the work of coalition partners, renovating the structures into homes. The renovation of these boarded up houses not only provide homes for military service members, it also decreases the number of vacant abandoned properties in our community.
The following is a list of unions, community groups, which donated and/or volunteered with the rehabilitation of the house for a Homeless Veteran:
Unions and Union Organizations
Greater Louisville Central Labor Council
LIUNA, Laborers local union 576
UAW local union 862
IUE-CWA local union 83761
Teamsters local union 89
Teamsters local union 783
AFSCME Council 962, KY affiliated local unions
Communication Workers of America local union 3310
NALC Letter Carriers Branch 14
International Association of Machinists Dist. 27
Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council
Carpenters Industrial Council 2501
UA, Plumbers & Pipefitters local union 502
Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters
IBEW local union 369
Ironworkers local union 70
BAC Bricklayers local union 4
Carpenters local union 175
Sheetmetal Workers local union 110
IUPAT District Council #91
ATU Local 1447
Kentucky Habitat for Humanity
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
the Housing Partnership Inc.
Metro United Way
Kentucky Housing Corporation
Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Transit Authority of River City
Fairdale Christian Church
UAW/FORD National Community Outreach Program
GE Appliances a Haier Company
River City Flooring
Valley Interior Systems
Quality Interiors Inc.
Meunch Electrical Services Inc.
Masters’ Supply Inc.
A.C. Krebs Co.
Tawana hughes Builders
Lowes Dixie hwy 705
Federal Homeloan Bank
Facility Management Services
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Town and Country Ford, Louisville
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