By working with landowners, governments, developers, builders, and job creators we will house, employ, and uplift veterans and workforce families with all our projects.
Our development, design and construction principles will be guided by the standards of the United States Green Building Council, Energy Star for Developers and the principles of sustainable land development.
Vets2Vets prefers building on unused and underutilized lands within existing development patterns, typically but not exclusively in urban areas. Infill development is critical to accommodating growth and redesigning our cities to be environmentally and socially sustainable. Vets2Vets is committed to promoting compact development in order to: (a) Reduce the distance between places people need to travel, resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on oil, as well as improved regional air quality, (b) Reduce conversion of agricultural land, sensitive habitat, and open space for new development, (c) Reduce costs to build and maintain expensive infrastructure, (d) Facilitate healthy and environmentally friendly active transportation, (e) Reduce storm-water runoff, which prevents flooding and pollution of waterways, (f) Bring vibrancy, community, and social connection to neighborhoods. Source: https://www.opr.ca.gov/s_infilldevelopment.php
RENOVATION OF Federal and State Historic STRUCTURES
We are looking for projects requiring the rehabilitation of historic structures designated by Federal or State Historic Preservationists. These development projects may be suitable for veteran housing and our mixed use development standard. Non-historic buildings placed in service before 1936 may qualify for a 10% tax credit or more and may suit our model.
MIXED-USE INTEGRATED COMMUNITIES
We believe in NOT isolating veterans. Rather, we believe veterans and their families are integral to community development. Our projects are open to a percentage of non-veteran workforce families.
PRESERVING FARM LAND BY DEVELOPMENT
While it sounds counter-intuitive, we call on those families who are ready to throw-in the towel on thier farms to consider working with us. We can help place the the farm in an agricultural trust and thereby ensure the food security of the nation. Additionally, our model calls for designing energy efficient, high density/small footprint sustainable construction on the periphery of such properties. By building on the edges, we will not impact the productivity of the land. Additionally, by transitioning the farm to organic or natural production via the removal of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO’s and animal antibiotics, we can engage resident veterans in healthy agricultural work and enterprises. The farm’s owners may reap the benefits of lease income or joint venture equity without having to continue farm work, thereby providing long term trust income to thier family. The farm property owners will have saved the farm, creating a triple bottom line win! In all cases WE WILL NOT BUILD DIRCECTLY ON FINE SANDY LOAMS NOR RIVER BOTTOM LANDS,
The earth is precious and as population density increases high density developments make sense from both a financial and operations point of view. Vets2Vets is seeking construction developments that require a low-income, disadvantaged community and/or workforce family non-profit partner to assist in social equity markers required by municipal governments and banking partners.