Volunteers from Concern Housing and the Home Depot Foundation assemble to use a $2,400 grant to build new planters and flower boxes at Liberty Station in Port Jefferson Station. (Photo: Concern Housing)
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Home Depot grant and volunteers beautify affordable housing

Volunteers from Concern Housing and Team Depot, the Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, came together to help beautify the grounds of the Liberty Station affordable housing community in Port Jefferson Station.

Bolstered by a $2,400 grant from The Home Depot Foundation, the volunteers built planters and made improvements to outdoor flower beds.

The 77-unit Liberty Station rental complex was created to provide low-cost housing and accommodations for veterans and other individuals with disabilities. It was developed by Medford-based Concern Housing, a nonprofit agency committed to helping individuals and families obtain truly affordable, quality housing.

“Concern Housing is honored to receive this grant from The Home Depot Foundation and is proud to have a community partner that values the importance of improving accommodations for underserved portions of the population,” Ralph Fasano, executive director of Concern Housing, said in a written statement. “Grants, such as this, allow us to continue bettering our facilities while ensuring we can keep rents truly affordable. Thank you to all of the volunteers from our organization and The Home Depot for their commitment to this community.”

Liberty Station is made up of six, two-story buildings that contain one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units. Twenty-five of the apartments are reserved for veterans, 20 additional units are given preference for veterans and the remaining units are for individuals making less than 50 percent of the area median income.

Residents can use walking paths and many outdoor sitting areas to congregate and interact with other community residents. With the grant award, residents will be able to enjoy more greenery and improve upon outdoor aesthetics with multiple new flower beds.

“Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $400 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities,” The Home Depot Foundation said in the statement. “We’re proud to continue this mission through our support of Concern Housing as they work to provide affordable housing to those who served our country and other community members in need.”

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