Resources for homeless military veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless
Alpha Omega Veterans Services (Memphis, TN)
We are dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, mental, and social needs of homeless veterans to assist their restoration to financial and residential stability and productive, fulfilled members of society.
American Red Cross
Bridging the Gap of Georgia
Our organization, established in 2011, Bridging The Gap is a 501(c)(3) foundation that is dedicated to assisting our veterans. BTG works DIRECTLY with the veterans on a one-on-one basis - we're NOT a call center. No one in our organization collects a salary - everyone works on a volunteer basis. We don't just listen to their stories and tell the veterans where to go get help; WE ARE THE HELP. We provide food, and shelter, and educational assistance DIRECTLY to as many veterans as we can afford to. There is no long, tedious, confusing application process for them. If we have the space available in one of our residential centers, the veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.
BTG believes that it takes the COMMUNITY not the GOVERNMENT to take care of our veterans.
The BTG Homes for Heroes program provides veterans with transitional and permanent housing solutions and support specifically designed for veterans. Through this program we provide residential centers, permanent independent living support, home management/life skills training, field trips, physical health & awareness programs and transportation to appointments, work and other scheduled activities.
For veterans who have secured permanent independent or private housing, we provide assistance to increase their chances of housing stability by offering rental deposit and utility guarantee programs.
Catholic Charities Mana House (Phoenix, AZ)
A peer-run group of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized service, basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans.
Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program
The Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veterans Burial Program provides dignified burial services for eligible homeless and indigent veterans to ensure they receive the honors in death that their service in life merited.
Founded upon the belief that every veteran deserves a dignified and honorable burial, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program is a cooperative effort among Dignity Memorial funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local medical examiners, coroners, veterans advocates and veterans organizations.
Through the program, homeless and indigent veterans who have no family to claim them are identified and provided with a proper military burial. Dignity Memorial providers supply preparation of the body, transportation, clothing, casket and coordination of the funeral service. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides eligible veterans with the opening and closing of the gravesite, a grave liner, a headstone or marker, a graveside ceremony and burial in a National Cemetery.
East Bay Standown (East Bay, CA)
The East Bay Stand Down is a consortium of community organizations coming together to provide a four-day event every other year that bring together the nine-county homeless and at-risk military veterans living in the Bay Area of California, connecting them with a variety of services to meet their needs.
Final Salute Inc. (Female veterans - DC, Maryland, or Virginia (DC Metro area))
The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless female Veterans with safe and suitable housing.
The H.O.M.E Program provides transitional housing and housing subsidy assistance to homeless female Veterans and their children. The H.O.M.E Program focuses on integrating Veterans back into their local communities and providing vast, safe residential areas to choose from. Our H.O.M.E Program is a collaboration with our resource partners that includes targeted supportive services to assist female Veterans in reaching their goals.
The purpose of S.A.F.E is to prevent homelessness by easing financial hardships.
S.A.F.E will provide rent, deposit and utility assistance to all female Veterans and U.S. military reserve component service members via an interest free loan.
Habitat for Humanity
Through the Veterans Build initiative, Habitat for Humanity provides volunteer, homeownership and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families.
Homes for all Veterans (Colorado, Southern Wyoming)
Homes for All Veterans - Veterans struggling to find or keep a roof over their heads have additional resources thanks to a grant awarded to Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The grant funding allows RMHS to provide outreach, case management and access to community resources to more than 1,000 Veteran households each year who are either homeless or in danger of homelessness throughout the state of Colorado.
Homes for All Veterans provides a wide range of services designed to promote housing stability and alleviate chronic homelessness. Services include assistance with:
- Finding temporary shelter and permanent housing
- Obtaining VA and other public benefits
- Rent, utilities, and food needs
- Legal and financial planning services
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) of Indiana, Inc. (Indiana)
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) helps homeless veterans return to self-sufficiency and engages at risk veterans to prevent them from becoming homeless by providing supportive housing, case management, food, hygiene and clothing as well as other essential services.
Inner City Law Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Veteran homelessness is a national disgrace. Nowhere is the problem worse than here in Los Angeles – the homeless capital of the United States. Over 8,000 veterans are homeless in LA every night. More than 20,000 veterans are homeless in LA over the course of a year.
Fifteen years ago, Inner City Law Center started one of the few projects in the nation that offered free legal services to homeless veterans. Today, our Homeless Veterans Project serves veterans who have disabilities as a result of their military service and who live without housing. Our clients include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, and as far back as World War II.
Integrated Community Care Center for Homeless Veterans (Los Angeles, CA)
Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) - The Integrated Community Care Center (ICCC) provides homeless veterans with same-day access to housing, primary care, mental health, and substance us treatment delivered by trans-disciplinary care teams and enhanced housing first teams. In addition, staff from programs such as Department of Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), Grant per Diem, Homeless Veteran Supportive Employment Program, Outreach, and Community Residential Care offers services to homeless veterans in the building. The program has dedicated space for representatives from Veterans Benefits Administration, Social Security Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Heath, Pro Bono Legal Services through a medical legal partnership, and the supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.
Interfaith Community Services (Oceanside and Escondido, CA)
Through offices in Oceanside and Escondido, the emphasis of the Veterans Services Division is assisting clients to gain stable income and permanent housing. Any veteran who did not receive a dishonorable discharge is eligible for services. With the help of trained staff in several targeted programs, clients work to eliminate barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Clients receive a thorough assessment of their needs to create an individual service plan. Progress in meeting goals of the plan is continuously monitored by their case managers.
Here is a basic listing of services that may be included in an individual services plan:
- placement (for men and women) in a transitional residence
- on-site psychological therapy
- workshop sessions to improve basic life skills and combat alcohol and drug abuse
- assistance in accessing health programs and other benefits provided by the VA
- limited financial assistance for transportation and basic personal needs
Lady Veterans Connect (Kentucky)
Lady Veterans Connect is a non-profit organization helping homeless and transitional lady veterans. Our mission is to honor lady veterans by providing hope, homes, and healing. We opened Kentucky's first transitional home for lady veterans in Kentucky in 2016. Our current project in Kentucky in renovation of a elementary school which will be the future home to 35 lady veterans and their children.
Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas (North Carolina, South Carolina)
About one-third of all adult homeless people have served in the U.S. armed forces. Some may be disabled or may have a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder or other combat related illness making it difficult to find consistent work and housing. To address the need for quality housing, LFS Carolinas provides shelter for homeless veterans through transitional facilities in North and South Carolina.
The program includes employment and benefit assistance, transportation to and from medical appointments and job interviews, counseling, re-integration into the community and support from local faith groups. The objective is to transition the veterans to independent living as soon as possible. Follow up services will be given to the veterans by our own trained staff, as well as partner organizations.
- Kinard Manor – Greenwood, South Carolina
- Angels House – Columbia, South Carolina
- Faith Farm – Dallas, North Carolina
Military Missions in Action - Fill the Footlocker (North Carolina)
Fill the Footlocker consists of two programs.
- The first program supports active-duty service members and military working dogs serving in combat zones.
- The second program supports our ever-rising number of homeless veterans.
Working within the community, MMIA collects items for both programs. Once items are collected, a community pack-n-ship event is held to prepare items for shipment overseas. Items collected for homeless veterans are distributed at the numerous homeless veteran stand-downs held within the state.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting veterans for over 25 years. Each year MACV receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries, and requests from veterans across the state. In 2013, MACV comprehensively served 1,785 veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness – and the need for services continues to rise.
National Center on Family Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness is a leader on Veterans issues, with an emphasis on women Veterans and Veteran family homelessness. We apply knowledge of military cultural competency, behavioral health issues, trauma-informed care, interpersonal violence to address Veterans' housing instability, food insecurity, and employment. We develop and provide innovative online resources, training, technical assistance, project management and research.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
If you are a homeless veteran or a veteran at risk of becoming homeless, these pages provide information that you can use to seek help. They include addresses, phone numbers and websites to find out about services, programs and other help that is available.
New Directions provides a wide variety of services for homeless veterans, including job training and placement, parenting and money management classes, legal and financial assistance, counseling, remedial education and resources for alumni. Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life-altering - and for many veterans, life-saving. New Directions is a licensed, long-term drug and alcohol treatment program founded by three formerly homeless veterans. It has provided food, shelter, and rehabilitation since 1992 and provides services to more than 800 homeless veterans a year through four locations.
New England Center and Home for Veterans
The mission of the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) is to equip Veterans who are facing or at-risk of homelessness with the tools for economic self-sufficiency and to provide them a path to achieve successful and dignified independent living.
A service and care provider for former military service men and women, the NECHV offers a broad array of programs and services that enable success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.
New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers
Our mission is to respond to the needs of veterans, with focus on those who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis, through the provision of quality employment training, housing and supportive services based on a Continuum of Care.
Founded in 1993 by Vietnam Veteran Alex McElree, we offer a HAND-UP not a HAND-OUT approach, building community among vets and encouraging community outreach and support. Our services cover the continuum of the homeless situation, including a mobile outreach program.
Operation Renewed Hope Foundation
Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (ORHF) is a charitable veteran-led organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Our mission is to provide quality housing and supportive services to America’s homeless veterans. There are approximately 68,000 veterans living in transitional shelters or on the streets. These veterans served our great country and preserved our freedom. ORHF and its 20+ member volunteer team are determined to help these men and women secure homes for themselves and their family members.
ORHF works with the Department of Veterans Affairs and fully supports their goal of ending Veteran homelessness by 2015. General Shinseki stated “Our homeless veterans are counting on us to bring urgency to this fight.” Please join us in this fight.
Operation Troop Appreciation's Welcome Home Program
Our Welcome Home program fills a gap in support our veteran community receives today, by helping to prevent homelessness and provide a hand-up for our veterans experiencing poverty today. Working with the VA Healthcare for homeless veterans program and the Veterans Leadership Program, Welcome Home provides support for veterans in need by helping to defray the costs associated with establishing a new home.
How do we do this? Our culture has a tradition of providing house warming gifts to friends and families moving into a new home. OTA extends this tradition, by providing gifts that help veterans and their families establish residence. We all know that moving into a new home can be stressful and costly. In the case of our homeless veterans, they enter new homes with only the clothes on their backs. A critical component of their full recovery and transition into civilian life is that they be healthy, rested and comfortable. To that end, OTA provides these families with a good bed and mattress, and essential household items to give them the best possible environment in which to live.
Pennsylvania American Legion - Housing for Homeless Veterans
In 1988, Pennsylvania American Legion Housing for Homeless Veterans Corporation purchased four town houses on Cypress Street, Moon Township in Allegheny County. The concept is simple — provide a safe,clean, stable environment for the participant while he/she completes schooling, job training and becomes adequately self sufficient to seek permanent housing in the surrounding community.
The Cypress Street Project quickly received national attention and has served as a basis for many similar projects in the Pittsburgh area and throughout the country.
Primavera Foundation - Project Action for Veterans
Project Action for Veterans provides housing support services and temporary financial assistance to veterans and veteran families that are facing eviction or homelessness. Services are aimed at addressing barriers that threaten the vet’s or veteran family’s housing stability. The program acts as a resource liaison connecting veterans to public and community resources that are vital to a better quality of life.
Project H3 Vets (Arizona)
Project H3 VETS is a special initiative based off Project H3 and the 100,000 homes campaign to house chronically homeless veterans. Project H3 VETS will use the Vulnerability Index Survey to prioritize the mostmedically vulnerable homeless veterans living on the streets in the Phoenix Metro area. The project will utilizethe HUD-VASH supportive housing program to provide permanent housing and supportive services which includes case management, social support, and mental health services to chronically homeless veterans.
Currently the process to house a chronically homeless veteran in the HUD-VASH program is an average of 126 days. Project H3 VETS will work with community partners, navigation teams, and Local, State, and Federal agencies, utilizing the process/practices learned during Project H3 to house chronically homeless veterans in a quarter of the time.
Restoring Hope Community Services (Perris, CA)
Welcome to Restoring Hope Commuity Services, Inc. We are a non-profit organization. We are a faith-based organization established in 2006. Our vision is to create and establish housing for homeless veterans, pregnant teenagers, run-away teenagers; in addition to a women and children shelter for abused and domestic violence victims.
The first phase of our vision is to build a community living facility for veterans that are homeless up to 24 months. Thus, the new facility will house up to six men at a time. We are committed to providing room and board to assist in helping them establish a new beginning with support services and programs provided by Loma Linda Veterans Administration. To find out how you can volunteer with Restoring Hope Community Services - send your request to [email protected].
Soldier On’s mission is expanding. We have been assisting homeless veterans since 1994. Now, however, we are moving beyond simply offering a response to veteran homelessness to providing a permanent solution. With our Veterans Village projects, we will offer formerly homeless veterans a chance to own their homes — more often than not for the first time in their lives. Our work still begins with getting homeless veterans off the streets.
Stand Down, owned & operated by Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc. (FHLC, Inc.), assists male veterans who are struggling and have lost their homes and ability to lead productive lives due to combat and non-combat related mental and physical wounds/illness, addictions, and/or other issues regain their independence and lives through transitional living, a multi tiered program, and collaboration with government agencies, VSOs, and the community.
Support Homeless Veterans
Created in 2011 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American veterans, Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) is devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes.
Our supported housing program combines holistic care with classical military camaraderie to join veterans together as a family. Motivated and supported, SHV provides opportunities for veterans to become part of a philosophy to support disadvantaged veterans and prevent homelessness for future generations.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) - VA
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program is a new VA program that awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will provide supportive services to very low-income Veterans and their families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. The grantees will provide a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability.
Swords to Plowshares
War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans.
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to more than 1500 homeless and low-income veterans annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.
Swords to Plowshares is the only veterans service agency in the United States that provides a full continuum of care. We help vets, as well as families of vets, in the following areas:
Health & Social Services - Swords to Plowshares’ drop-in center provides emergency shelter, mental health services and referrals to homeless veterans.
Housing - Swords to Plowshares’ residential programs provide housing, rehabilitation and counseling to veterans in need.
Veterans Academy - At Swords to Plowshares’ Veterans Academy, formerly homeless veterans can live in a supportive community.
The Guardians Foundation
The Guardians Foundation is a non-profit public charity that assists military veterans and their families, primarily with homelessness, but also with food, clothing, household items, counseling referrals, educational & job opportunities, and unexpected expenses.
United States Veterans Initiative
The United States Veterans Initiative is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of services to veterans facing challenges in their transition to civilian life.
Their mission is the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.
U.S.VETS is the largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services for veterans in the country. With eleven sites across the country, U.S.VETS provides housing, employment assistance, job placement & counseling to over 10,000 veterans and their families every year.
Upstate Stand Down (South Carolina, North Carolina)
Stand Down represents a unique, community-based response to a human need not being met by traditional means. Stand Down is a community of volunteers and participants brought together in a spirit of caring and respect to inspire the hope and invigorate the will of homeless veterans, veterans at risk for homelessness and veterans in need. The major goal is to provide a vast array of opportunities, services and warm, inviting person-to-person contact so each veteran can muster the individual, internal energy and initiative needed to renew and/or rebuild his or her life. Changes in individual lives, as well as community awareness and commitment, are the most enduring outcomes of Stand Down.
Home page for VA homeless programs.
VEO (Atlanta, GA)
Since 2008, Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) has provided housing, supportive services, job training and placement to veterans and their families.
Veterans & Community Housing Coalition (Upstate New York)
Our mission is to provide housing and support services to all homeless military veterans and their families and to advocate on behalf of all military veterans and their families and to provide housing opportunities for low income households.
Veterans Assistance Foundation (Wisconsin)
The Veterans Assistance Foundation operates programs designed to assist homeless or at risk of becoming homeless veterans maintain or improve their status in society by providing a safe and secure environment through which they can access a wide array of human services. The focus of these programs is to assist homeless veterans with the services that have prevented them from becoming re-established in their communities.
It is the focus of the VAF to: "Transition homeless veterans (or those veterans at risk of becoming homeless) into society’s mainstream. This will be done by assisting them to obtain meaningful employment and subsequently, safe, decent, and sanitary housing." Our programs do not provide emergency shelter.
Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP)
Established in 2011, the USA Homeownership Foundation, Inc. DBA Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness, and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities.While our focus is on the active-military and veteran communities, our services are also offered to eligible low-to-moderate income (LMI) families. Our doors are open to all that want to realize the American Dream of homeownership. VAREP and its members represent and work within all sectors of the real estate, housing, and financial-services industries.
As a housing non-profit for vets, by vets, our success is measured not by a balance sheet for shareholders but by how many lives we can improve through our programs and services. Our proactive stance--providing financial-literacy education and advocating homeownership--may not end the epidemic of homelessness among the veteran community, but can prevent it from happening in the future, one veteran at a time.
Veterans Inc. is a national leader in ending homelessness among veterans. We have one of the highest rates in the nation – 85% – for transitioning veterans out of homelessness.
Headquartered in Massachusetts, Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1991, we have helped more than 40,000 veterans and their families. Operations are expanding further into New England and beyond in our goal of eradicating homelessness among veterans.
Veteran's Life Changing Services (NW Indiana, Illinois)
Veterans Life Changing Services, Inc. (VLCS) is a Transitional Housing Program of Each One Reach One Child 501(c)(3) Corporation. It is specifically designed to assist Northwest Indiana and Illinois service men and women in their transition back into civilian life.
VLCS is helping to create a Veteran community in Northwest Indiana and Illinois that provide stabilized housing support services that increase education and job skill levels of Veterans and promote greater self determination. Currently we assist homeless veterans in Northwest Indiana and are expanding housing opportunities in Indiana and Illinois. Northwest Indiana , Lake County Veteran population is 38,887. Our homeless count in our communities range from 15.7% on any given night. Our program is comparably unique to local shelter services which target Northwest Indiana and Illinois high population of homelessness to feed and shelter people overnight with no support services. Each One Reach One Child has the experience of helping homeless veterans obtain these objectives. Our services target male and female veterans and their families to offer safe holistic productive lifestyles.
Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania
Located on the Susquehanna River in South Harrisburg on a beautifully situated 5-acre parcel, VOPA plans to build a village of 15 tiny homes surrounding a community center for homeless Veterans. VOPA is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Veterans while recreating the stable support network last offered to them before they left the service.
Veterans Village of San Diego
With five locations throughout San Diego County, VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States.
VVSD provides a Continuum of Care with a full range of comprehensive and innovative services for military veterans for: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, Aftercare. "There is no finer program for homeless veterans in America than VVSD." Pete Dougherty, national Director of VA Homeless Programs. "VVSD sets the bar," and is the "gold standard of transitional veteran housing." James Nicholson, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
VVSD extends assistance to veterans in need and their families by providing:
- Job Training and Job Search Assistance
The Vet Hunters Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness for all military Veterans/Families and individual Americans we meet.
Our vision is to prevent homelessness among military veterans/non-veterans and their families by restoring self-sufficiency and self-worth through comprehensive programs that provide: permanent housing, emergency shelter, substance abuse counseling, personal support/developmental services, job assessment referral and training, educational services and life-skills training.
Vittles for Vets
Vittles for Vets is a non-profit corporation which provides food gift cards to veterans who rely on food pantries and soup kitchens.
Welcome Home (South Carolina)
Welcome Home is a transitional home for displaced veterans living in Spartanburg County and is operated by Operation Restoration CDC. Welcome Home provides shelter and case management for our veterans.
Veterans will be able to remain in Welcome Home for a length of twenty-four months while they begin rebuilding their lives. Each resident is required to develop specific and attainable life goals, seek and secure gainful employment and prepare to reintegrate into society.
Welcome Home staff collaborates with other programs under the Operation Restoration CDC umbrella, along with other community agencies, to provide job readiness training, employment assistance and advanced training through S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Veteran DVOP. The residents are also aided in applying for veterans' benefits, individual and group counseling, anger management, and drug and alcohol counseling through SADAC.
Through an "arms around" approach, we hope to transition our veterans to non-supported housing, restoration with family, and regained self-esteem.
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