850VetsHoused_WEBThe week of Veterans Day, Veterans Matter housed its 850th veteran. Including spouses and children, we’ve now housed 1,321 people, 25 percent of whom are children!

With donations still coming in from the 80+ 11/11@7 Exchange Club rallies held across the nation on Veterans Day and from the generosity of our Giving Tuesday donors, we’ll soon be housing many more. We are so proud and thankful to celebrate each milestone, but of course there is still much work to be done.

However, we couldn’t do what we do without the compassion and tireless leg work of VA case managers across the country. HUD-VASH social workers do the bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to locating homeless veterans and following up with them after they are housed.

Veterans Matter has a 100 percent success rate in housing homeless veterans into a HUD-VASH long-term supportive housing program, which has a 91 percent success rate in keeping them housed.

Every formerly unhoused veteran has a story. Here are just three.

Mickiela’s story

What’s it REALLY like to lose everything and live on the streets?: Hear George’s and Ann’s stories

Powerful stuff.

By the time Veterans Matter receives a request from a HUD-VASH social worker, he or she has already screened the veteran for legitimate homelessness, confirmed his or her military service, determined his or her capability to be housed in the sustained HUD-VASH housing, found a home and negotiated a contract with the landlord. The veteran is now ready, willing, and able to sign the lease if they have the deposit.

That’s where we come in. The moment a veteran is ready to sign the lease, the HUD-VASH social worker can log into our cloud-based referral system from any device anywhere and complete our simple referral form requesting the deposit and veteran’s share of the first month’s rent. Usually within minutes we can approve the request and immediately email the social worker and landlord the notice of approval and our commitment to send the check the same day.

Because we are backed by John Mellencamp, Dusty Hill, ZZ Top, Katy Perry, Kix Brooks and others in the music industry, the landlords often allow our email notification to act as the deposit and allow the veteran into their new home immediately.

Our only interest and only priority is helping get veterans off the streets TODAY. We must take care of our own.

To learn more about the VA’s vital role in preventing and ending veteran homelessness, please click on the following links:

FOR VETERANS: If you’re a veteran in need of housing, contact your local VA office at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) or visit va.gov/homeless.

FOR LANDLORDS: A VETERAN HOUSING TOOLKIT

FOR EMPLOYERS: A VETERAN EMPLOYMENT TOOLKIT

FOR LAWYERS

FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Find many more resources and fact sheets here.

Thank you, HUD-VASH social workers, for helping us #GetVetsHoused!