Veterans Matter Helps Homeless Vets Move into Permanent Housing
Program Provides Vets with Deposit, First-Month’s Rent
FCA Foundation support underscores commitment to nation’s veterans
TOLEDO (August 26, 2019) Soldiers face battles in service. Upon their return to civilian life, many veterans face additional battles, including PTSD, unemployment, and the lack of support networks—all of which can contribute to homelessness. According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 37,000 of these men and women, and even families find themselves homeless. For many, the final barrier to permanent housing is as basic as a deposit and first-month’s rent. Veterans Matter is pleased to announce a partnership with the FCA Foundation, a charitable foundation created by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, to help homeless veterans overcome this obstacle. READ: Tears of Hope, the story of one of the thousands of veterans who have found their way home with the assistance of Veterans Matter.
A $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation to the National Homeless Veterans Housing Program (NHVHP) through Veterans Matter is helping veterans acquire permanent housing.
“The FCA Foundation is a hero to the heroes living on the streets of our nation. They are standing up with us to help those most in need – the forgotten and abandoned veterans still living on the streets,” said Ken Leslie, Veterans Matter Advocate in Chief.
Since January, the grant has enabled Veterans Matters to house 41 veterans in Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan and expand its services to Rockford and Northern Illinois.
“As a company that employs nearly 5,000 U.S. military veterans, we recognize the sacrifices that these courageous women and men have made for their country and the world,” said Shane Karr, Head of External Affairs, FCA – North America and President, FCA Foundation. “We are honored to join Veterans Matter in their effort to bring more heroes and their families home for good.”
FCA received a Silver Status as a Michigan Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in recognition of its recruitment strategies aimed at Veterans. And for the third year in a row, the company earned a position on Diversity Inc. magazine’s select list of top companies committed to recruiting and developing veterans.
About Veterans Matters
Started in Toledo, Ohio, the Veterans Matter Homeless Veterans Housing Program was created to house 35 local homeless veterans. It grew when celebrities such as Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, John Mellencamp and Mitch Albom asked Ken to expand the program to their home states. To date, the group’s Homeless
Veterans Housing Program has now helped nearly 3,000 veterans obtain permanent housing in 24 states.
About FCA Foundation The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA, supports organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts particularly in the field of education.