Frequently Asked Questions
1Matters.org was founded in 2007 by Ken Leslie, sparked and supported by John Mellencamp and others in the music industry. 1Matters.org works to help all of those on the streets, not just veterans, obtain domestic autonomy. 1Matters focuses always at the root systems solutions, then creates and funds the start up of the new programs to address systems issues.
We intentionally identify and help the veterans who need us most – those who have nowhere else to go.
We partner with the VA homeless program social workers who help the veterans find appropriate housing and secure their long term HUD VASH housing voucher. When the housing has been inspected and veteran is ready to sign the lease, the VA social workers access our on-line system and complete the short referral form requesting the deposit, and hit send.
All conforming referrals are immediately approved and minutes later the social worker and landlord receive an email confirmation approving the deposit amount and the check is mailed the same business day.
That’s it. It really is that simple.
We get no government funding.
Amazingly, ALL of our funding comes from other Americans who just care about homeless veterans as much as we do, AND want to do something to help them.
We’ve assembled a National Collaborative Funding Network comprised of Veterans Groups, Corporations, Regular Americans, Foundations, Service Groups and the Entertainment Industry, all working as one cohesive force to get vets housed.
Hi there, if you are reading this far into the website it is because you are like me and the other regular Americans who simply care about veterans. We want to find ways to actually and truly help the veterans we need to help.
To be honest, I did not plan this, it just happened. I just know I was called to help. So I came when called. No big deal, millions of us do the same for causes we are called to.
But if you are one of those called to help veterans and know in your marrow that it is our job to help, our job right now is to get the word out and raise as much as we can, as fast as we can, to house as many veterans as we can.
This site will give you all the tools to do that. Or, if you have other ideas, give me a call or email me – I want to hear them.
But I have to tell you, when we have Gold Star wives, veterans groups like the American Legions, Vietnam Veterans groups, VFW’s, hardened CEO’s and the like calling me in tears thanking us for starting this, then we realize again that our call to duty was just because Veterans Really Do Matter, and we must take care of our own. They deserve it.
Called To Service
Veterans Matter is an innovative cloud-based rapid-response system – partnered with the VA’s Homeless Veterans program (HUD/VASH) – which allows the homeless veteran to get housed in literally minutes rather than the 30 to 60 days normally required to obtain the deposit. Essentially your donation is used as a deposit paid directly to the landlord to allow the veteran or veteran family to cross the threshold into a warm place called home for a fresh start.
Who We Serve
We exclusively help currently homeless veterans and veteran families who qualify for the VA HUD/VASH housing voucher program; who have found a house or apartment, and are ready to cross the threshold into a home of their own and begin the rebuilding process. This gives your donation a 100% success rate housing veterans in a long-term housing program that has a 91% success rate keeping them housed.
Where We Serve
Veterans Matter operates in any area we have adequate funding and HUD/VASH housing vouchers are available. We currently operate in 16 states and Washington, DC. Learn more about each area of operation.
100% of the funds raised go to help house veterans locally, regionally, or nationally – wherever the greatest need is. In other words, anywhere there is a veteran waiting for a home tonight, we will be there!
How We Serve
When the VA social workers have helped the homeless veteran or veteran family find appropriate housing, they complete our short online referral form. All conforming referrals are immediately approved and an email is sent to the landlord confirming we are sending a check that same day. Because of the celebrity support many landlords allow the veteran to have the keys and immediately cross the threshold.
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