Veterans Housed to Date
Veterans Matter is an innovative grass-roots movement started by regular Americans who care about veterans, to pitch in to fight (and win) the battle to End Veteran Homelessness for thousands of veterans.
We partner with the VA homeless outreach workers nationwide to quickly eliminate the last barriers preventing homeless veterans from crossing the threshold into ready and waiting long-term housing. Once housed, services and resources are provided by the VA to help those vets and their families recapture their lives and return to domestic autonomy.
This partnership gives us an evidence-based 100% success rate housing veterans in a VA permanent housing program that has a 91% success rate keeping them housed.
Veterans Matter was started by Ken Leslie, himself formerly homeless, as a solution to a very simple problem: to provide necessary deposits to house 35 local homeless veterans and veteran families with children who qualify for ready and waiting long term HUD/VA voucher-assisted living.
Urged by music industry friends who wanted to help house the homeless veterans in their home state, Ken grew the Veterans Matter program and created an on-line cloud-based system to allow the Veterans Administration homeless coordinators in those states to quickly access and secure deposits for the veterans, literally in minutes.
The movement has grown with over 1000 veterans housed in eleven states and 20+ celebrity advocates now raising money and awareness.
We are urgently working now to raise enough to house 2,000 more veterans. So if you feel like we do – that we must take care of our own – then we want you to use your voice, and advocate for them too.
Our Mission is Simple
Raise as much as we can to house as many veterans as we can as fast as we can. There are veterans and veteran families with children who do not have to sleep in their car or on the streets tonight if we can help them right now. (26% of those we have housed are children!)
And we mean fast. Working with the VA and HUD, our online cloud-based system allows us to house them in minutes rather than forcing them to sleep in their car or on the streets for the 30 – 60 days it currently takes to secure deposits through traditional means.
Because we are just a group of regular Americans we set this up as a non-profit program that anyone would want to donate to. We essentially pass the donations stright to the landlords to house veterans, less the program costs to make that happen, currently running 14% – 18% depending on revenue. See our 990 and salary details on our Transparency.Page.
So whether you are an individual donor like us, a veterans-focused corporation, foundation or veterans services organization looking to donate to a place where you KNOW exactly where your money goes – to help house homeless veterans – this is the place.
Recent Media and Celebrity Support
This Stars and Stripes article and recent coverage gives you a quick overview of our program to date. Via this Christmas Eve post on the Huffington Post, founder Ken Leslie thanks all of those who are part of housing our nation’s heroes, especially those who are at curb level with us.
Celebrities and artists including Gary Sinise, Susan Sarandon, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, Ice-T, John Mellencamp, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Kix Brooks, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Heart, Mario Lopez, Natalie Stovall & The Drive, Mitch Albom, Darryl Worley, Darius Rucker, Jennifer Nettles, Gene Hackman, Madison Rising, Emerson Drive, and Big & Rich, are all raising awareness or money to house our nation’s heroes.
1,000+ homeless veterans are housed, but it is still only 1,000. There are 47,000 more living on the streets and in our shelters.You can become a donating advocate here, or you can honor a veteran or service member you know by getting a Veterans Matter War Bond in their name. You can honor one hero by housing another.
Veterans Matter: We Take Care of Our Own
9,000+ housing vouchers were awarded in 2015. Hover over the map below to see how many were last allocated to your state. It appears Congress will again unite to issue another 10,000 vouchers for FY 2016.