November 9, 2018

6 local nonprofits that are helping to end veteran homelessness

Here are just a few organizations that serve those who served.

A homeless U.S. Navy veteran collects clothing at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, in this 2011 file photo. Despite recent progress, there are still over 40,000 homeless veterans in America. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Since 2009, the homeless veteran population has been nearly cut in half. This decline can be largely attributed to a concerted effort between local and federal agencies—from mayors’ offices to the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs—working together to rapidly rehouse and prevent veterans from losing their homes.

But despite all their progress, HUD estimates that there are over 40,000 homeless vets living in America.

As the country honors America’s veterans on Sunday, we want to call out just a few of the several community organizations across the country that serve those who have served their country. There are many more national organizations and resources for homeless veterans. If you know of an at-risk or homeless veteran who needs help, you can reach out to the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors will speak with you confidentially 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-877-424-3838.

Helping homeless female vets
Programs like the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) and the Virginia-based nonprofit Final Salute Inc., provide housing for female veterans and their families. As more women serve, the number of homeless female veterans is rising, Christopher Buser, an Army veteran and chief of social work at VA Maryland Health Care System, told the Washington Post. He added that like men, women veterans suffer from PTSD and unemployment. But women are more likely to be survivors of domestic violence, which can lead them to flee their homes.

Creating a veterans village
The Veterans Community Project is building a village of tiny homes in south Kansas City, Missouri. The privately funded project started housing vets this year. Watch this video from the Kansas City Star to see how the community is taking shape.

Getting the entire community to pitch in
Celebrate Outreach is the result of a partnership among faith-based congregations and individuals in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the University of South Florida School of Architecture & Community Design. Students, guided by local architecture firms, will design tiny homes for veterans. The project breaks ground on Monday.

Celebrating heroes
As a result of financial and physical difficulties from his wartime injuries, Iraq War veteran Chris Kreiger and his family lost their home. He founded WNYHeroes to make sure families in western New York like his get the support they need.

Providing safe, healthy spaces
The Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition is an emergency support system for veterans in the Colorado Springs community. They provide housing, residential care, and treatment services for homeless veterans suffering from addiction through their Crawford House program.

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