Home and housing resources for wounded warrior families
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Elevators, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts
Homes, home modifications
Home mortgage assistance
Elevators, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts
A Lift for a Vet
A Lift for a Vet dedicates itself to helping physically disabled veterans. We aim to remove some of the everyday obstacles that make living difficult. This renews a sense of dignity, independence and freedom.
A Lift for a Vet is a non-profit organization under Philadelphia Local # 5 charities. The collaboration of Higher Mobility and Local #5 provides elevators, wheelchair lifts and stair lifts at cost and installation at no cost. With your help and donations, we want to provide both the product and installation at no cost. Help bring us closer to our goal, help a disabled veteran.
Our mission is to provide disabled veterans with free of cost of equipment and installation of elevators, wheelchair lifts and stair lifts. Until we receive adequate donations and contributions, we provide these fixtures at the lowest cost with the installation at absolutely no cost.
Our Vision is a nation with all of our disabled veterans supplied with proper home mobility supplied with no cost.
This service is open and available to all U.S. disabled veterans from any era both at war and peace. The only limitation is the veteran's disability must be service connected and the veteran must have a true need for our assistance.
Homes, home modifications
Arizona Heroes to Hometowns
AZ Heroes to Hometowns is designed to welcome home Service Members who, because of injuries sustained, can no longer serve in the military. Arizona's Heroes to Hometowns is not a single organization but a coalition of community resources.
The Arizona Heroes to Hometowns Project has a fine history in assisting those who need us. Support has included:
- help with paying the bills
- finding suitable homes and adapting as needed
- transportation to medical appointments
- finding jobs and providing educational assistance
- arranging welcome home celebrations
- help working through bureaucracy and obtaining government benefits and entitlements
- sports and recreation opportunities
- community support coalitions
Building for America's Bravest
Initially, neither organization knew they were going to be building homes. However, the first quadruple amputee ever to survive in an America War was Brendan Morrocco, from Staten Island, where the Tunnel to Towers Foundation was based. The chairman of the foundation, Frank Siller had asked Fire Commissioner Cassano, who knew Gary, to see if Gary would play a benefit concert for Brendan. He did. The rest is history! For each of the wounded veterans we build a home for, we also do a benefit concert by the Lt. Dan Band to help raise the funds needed.
In driving awareness and fundraising efforts, as well as facilitating the building of each Smart Home, we are custom designing the homes on a case-by-case basis which addresses the needs of providing energy efficiency, ease of accessibility and automation to ultimately provide the most severely injured military personnel with the capability to live more independent lives.
These houses aren’t cheap! In going beyond the home security systems, controlled temperature zones, lighting and mobility devices, our definition of ‘smart home’ may change slightly based upon the paramount needs and direction of each recipient. We are steadfast in our determination to provide the recipient with a high-quality smart home where all special needs of each severely wounded military personnel is met in allowing them to live out the rest of their life as independently as possible.
Building Homes for Heroes
Building Homes for Heroes provides individuals, corporations and others with an opportunity to help our severely wounded and disabled veterans and their families rebuild their lives.
Many of these young men and women are coming home badly burned, with permanent and unsightly body disfigurements, missing limbs, the loss of sight or ability to walk, psychiatric conditions or paralysis.
Building Homes for Heroes is committed to supporting these extraordinary men and women, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. We believe that it’s our responsibility to support those who have been called upon to make the ultimate personal sacrifice — to protect and safeguard our country by fighting America’s War on Terror.
Granting Freedom (Virginia)
This VHDA grant pays for modifications to make living spaces more accessible for military veterans who sustained injury during service.
Helping a Hero
Helping A Hero is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that enables all Americans to say "Thank you for your service" to our wounded heroes in a tangible way. We build specially adapted homes for severely injured military personnel and their families and adapt these homes for the specific injuries and challenges of our wounded heroes. For our paraplegics, quadriplegics, and double amputees, our homes provide roll in showers, wider doors, lower counters, roll under sinks, adapted toilet area, etc... so our heroes are able to be independent and do the basic things we all take for granted. For our burn victims, we work hard for positioning of the home to allow as little light into the home as possible, we provide extra covered porch areas in the back, incorporate all known air quality filters, and even include anextra air conditioning unit so the hero can maintain the temperature in his/her areas of the home at 68 degrees without forcing all the children to wear winter clothes12 months a year.
We also place these homes in planned communities or master planned communities so they have neighbors who will also support them in their recovery and who are not living month to month. We also partner our home recipients with a service club like Rotary who also will nurture this hero and work with the family as they rebuild their lives.
Heroes to Hometowns (The American Legion)
Heroes to Hometowns is a transition program for severely injured service members returning home from OEF/OIF. Heroes to Hometowns establishes a support network and coordinates resources for those servicemembers. Last year The American Legion's Heroes to Hometowns Program assisted over 1,100 veterans.
If you are a servicemember, veteran, or family member of a servicemember or veteran who has been severely injured, please fill out the Heroes to Hometowns assistance request form.
Heroes to Hometowns can provide:
- A Welcome-home celebration
- Temporary financial assistance
- Pro-bono financial planning
- Home and vehicle adaptation
- Government claims assistance
(If you are not severely injured and are in need of general transition assistance or support, you may also fill out the request form or contact your American Legion department service officer (DSO) or your local American Legion post).
Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot, our 385,000-strong army of associate volunteers, work to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aid communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, thousands of associates dedicate time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.
Whether it's installing a ramp, repairing a fence or building a home from scratch, we consider it a duty, honor and privilege to give back to our veterans and their families.
Homeowners Assistance Program
The Department of Defense (DOD) is proud to offer the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) to eligible service members and federal civilian, including non-appropriated fund, employees. The program is authorized by law, and administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assist eligible homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base closure or realignment announcement.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) temporarily expands the HAP to assist service members and DOD employees who are wounded, injured or become ill when deployed, surviving spouses of service members or DOD employees killed or died of wounds while deployed, service member and civilian employees assigned to BRAC 05 organizations, and service members required to permanently relocate during the home mortgage crisis.
Homes for our Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit organization strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. We assist severely injured Servicemen and Women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then given to the veteran.
Homes for Veterans (New Jersey)
Homes For Veterans is a charitable organization whose mission is to adapt the homes of disabled veterans to make them handicap accessible and barrier free. Based in Harrington Park, New Jersey, Homes for Veterans helps disabled veterans who are unable to secure the necessary resources to modify their homes to accommodate their disabilities.
Homes on the Homefront (Operation Homefront)
Operation Homefront has created the Homes on the Homefront program through a new partnership with Chase Bank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Part of the American dream always has been owning a home. After helping to secure the freedoms all Americans enjoy, we want to help our warriors and their families realize their own American dreams.
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be active duty, Guard or Reserve, or have been honorably discharged
- Not currently own a home and be willing to live in the donated home as a primary residence
- Be financially capable of sustaining the home throughout an initial transition period and beyond
Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors
Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify the homes of America's injured Military Veterans. H4WW helps to build or modify homes so they are handicap accessible and comfortable for our wounded vets.
Military Missions in Action Operation Building Hope Program (North Carolina)
Operation Building Hope provides home modification services to ensure that veterans with disabilities can live independently in a fully-accessible home. Some of the home modifications include, removing obstacles and safety hazards, constructing wheelchair ramps and roll-in-showers, widening doorways and lowering cabinets and countertops. Whether the disability is due to war wounds, illness or age, this is a small way we can demonstrate appreciation for their military service to our country.
Military Warriors Support Foundation
Homes4WoundedHeroes - Military Warriors Support Foundation awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring. Who can apply?
- Must be a combat wounded veteran (Purple Heart recipient preferred) or unmarried Gold Star Spouse of OEF/OIF.
- Must be honorably retired or separated from the military. (Those with compelling situations, whom are less than 90 days from retirement or separation may be considered)
- Must not currently have a mortgage.
We offer home modifications to handicap and wheelchair bound burn survivors. Kitchen and bath renovations, ramps, and lowering of cabinets are just a few of the services we provide. With our corporate sponsors & retail partners, volunteer assistance and discounts from local contractors, we now have the capacity to help long after the patient and his family leave their medical environment.
Operation Finally Home
Operation Finally Home builds mortgage free homes for America's war wounded and the widows of the fallen.
Operation Finally Home is an award winning program created by Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops. Operation Finally Home was established in 2005 as a non-partisan/non-profit organization. Operation Finally Home’s mission is to provide custom made mortgage free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities. Operation Finally Home partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help severely wounded heroes and their families’ transition from the battlefront to the home front and help them succeed in their challenging new world so they may ultimately enjoy a productive and rewarding life.
Operation Forever Free
The Directors of Operation Forever Free are involved in land development and the home-building industry. It has been a long time desire, of the Directors, to give back to the community, the very community that has supported the growth and allowed the success of their business.
Collectively, a decision was made to form an organization that would express gratitude by financially assisting service men and women who have been wounded. After all, the sacrifices of these hometown heroes protect the very freedoms we enjoy every day.
Operation Forever Free will review the needs of injured service men and women, as they are brought to the attention of the organization. Operation Forever Free will then evaluate and assess the organization's ability to meet such needs.
More often, these men and women have endured life-changing injuries; which require modifications and adaptations in their living environments. The goal is to improve the quality of life through various means. These include assistance with transportation needs, modifying/re-modeling homes, and in some cases, providing a new home at no cost to these families. The organization's efforts include these items, but are not limited to these items. Each situation will be reviewed individually, on a case by case basis.
Purple Heart Homes
Purple Heart Homes, Inc. is dedicated to providing personalized housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their families that are substantial in function, design and quality—homes that are fit to welcome home, and thank, the fighting men and women of America. Each case is different, but in all cases Purple Heart Homes provides at little or no cost to the veteran a “quality of life solution” that creates an injury specific, barrier free-living environment. These solutions can range from remodeling an existing home already owned by the veteran, to creating an entire living space from the ground up.
Purple Heart Homes offers two distinct programs for Service Connected Disabled Veterans (and their caregivers) of all conflicts — the Veterans Aging in Place and Veteran Home Ownership programs.
The Veterans Aging in Place Program is specifically designed to help older Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their caregivers who currently own their own home.
The Veteran Home Ownership program is specifically designed to enable Service Connected Disabled Veterans who do not already own a home, become homeowners.
The goal of both programs is to help reintegrate the veteran into the community in which they live, and to proudly acknowledge the sacrifice they have made on their country’s behalf. Whether it is adapting an already owned home, building a home from the ground up, or adapting and modifying a foreclosed home, Purple Heart Homes is committed to guiding the veteran through the entire process. Our ultimate goal is to empower the veteran - giving him or her a full complement of skill sets that allow them to be a functioning member of their family, as well as a contributing member of their community.
Millions of U.S. veterans are in desperate need of repairs and adaptations to their homes. Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing was created to meet the growing needs of veterans from past and present wars. Rebuilding Together fills the gaps in modifications and repair services that retired and active service men and women struggle to meet. In partnership with corporate sponsors, Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing strives to provide safe and accessible housing for all low-income veterans.
Housing Assistance Program - USA Cares has saved hundreds of privately owned military family homes from foreclosure. The program offers budgetary counseling and negotiations with the mortgage holder to bring the account current. Additionally, USA Cares offers similar assistance to those military families facing eviction from rental properties. Together, these efforts have spared thousands of children from the potential trauma of being force to leave their home.
VA Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans
VA provides grants to servicemembers and veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability.
Veterans Rebuilding Life
Provides assisted living-homes for severely disabled American veterans, utilizing fundraising events to pay for the cost of construction.
Fannie Mae Military Forbearance Option
If you’re facing a financial hardship due to a death or injury of a service member on active duty, you may be eligible for a special military forbearance option. A forbearance is an agreement between you and your mortgage company to temporarily suspend or reduce your monthly mortgage payments for a specific period (usually between 90-180 days) of time. This option lets you deal with your short-term financial problems by giving you time to get back on your feet and bring your mortgage current.
With a military forbearance, you may qualify for additional benefits such as a longer forbearance period—up to 6 months—and no adverse impact to your credit score (all credit reporting related to your mortgage loan will be suspended during the forbearance period). Additionally, a special hotline has been set up for additional guidance about this option and other mortgage assistance programs—877-MIL-4566.
Operation Homefront Transitional Housing Program
Operation Homefront currently operates its program in three locations across the country:
- Our SoCal program serves primarily Balboa Hospital and Camp Pendleton and is located in Oceanside, CA
- Our Maryland program is located in Gaithersburg, MD and serves those primarily being treated at Bethesda Naval Medical Centerm and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- Our San Antonio program serves those primarily being treated at San Antonio Military Medical Center and Audie Murphy VA Hospital
Troops First Foundation Leroy Petry Village of Honor
In an effort to continue with the Foundation’s mission of developing relevant initiatives to assist Warriors with reintegrating back to civilian life, we are building The Leroy Petry Village of Honor. This is a transitional housing program that will consist of seven single family fully accessible homes. These homes will be available at no cost to Warriors who are transitioning out of the military and have one to two years remaining at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.