You have helped Veterans Matter house nearly 2,500 homeless heroes in 20 states. (30 states to go!)
People ask who the veterans are that they help.
To answer that, I thought I would take a deep dive into the data, as well as research gathered from the VA homeless social workers to answer your question; “Who are the veterans that we help us house?”
- Veterans Matter is seamlessly integrated with the VA homeless programs nationwide.
- 100% of the veterans you house through Veterans Matter are homeless and have nowhere else to go for the deposit. This is where you come in.
- Every dollar Veterans Matter deploys results in another veteran housed, every time! This means every donation, large or small, single or monthly, will help house another homeless Hero!!!!
- On average it takes $750 to house one veteran or veteran family with their children. It is higher or lower depending upon housing costs in an area.
- 22% of the veterans housed by Veterans Matter are family units with 78% of those families have children. And of those with children, 53% are single parent families.
- About 33% of the veterans housed by Veterans Matter are homeless because of economic reasons or domestic disturbance such as divorce/breakup, abuse, or any loss of housing.
- Approximately 67% of the veterans you house through Veterans Matter are homeless because of mental/physical illness or injuries – such as PTSD – or both. The scale of mental/physical illness or injury ranges from light to disabling. We must take care of our own.
- 100% of the Veterans you house connect to a VA homeless program HUD-VASH social worker. These social workers are the ones who go to the shelters, the streets, tent cities, cars, the woods and abandoned buildings to find and try to house every homeless veteran they find.
- 100% have been helped by the VA social workers in securing an apartment or rental home, and then a Housing Voucher which will give them LONG-TERM housing.
- 100% of the veterans you have housed receive 360° wrap-around services to help return them to their highest level of personal independence.
- 57% are Army, 20% – Navy, 12% – Marines, 10% – Air Force, 1% Guard.
- 21% served in the Vietnam era, 21% – Desert Storm, 14%– OEF/OIF/OND, 43% – Other Intervention or Peace Time.
- 100% of the veterans you house through Veterans Matter are homeless and have nowhere else to go for the deposit. Yes, we know we said this once, but as this is why we started this in the first place, it is so worth emphasizing.
- 20% of the funding for Veterans Matter comes from individual Americans like us. Let’s donate and make that 25% this year.
- For 2016 and 2017, Veterans Matter’s Admin rate was 8%.
- 17% of the funding for Veterans Matter comes from Veteran Services Organizations like the Legions, VFW’s, Veteran Services Commissions and the like. Maybe see if yours would like to house at least one veteran brother or sister this year? Veterans Matter, we must take care of our own.
- The largest share of funding at 42% are the corporate donors such as First Nation Group which has donated over $800,000 to date, simply because they honestly do care about veterans and feel called to help the veterans most neglected, most in need.
- The number of homeless veterans needing us is up 43% over last year. Year to date we have housed almost as many veterans as we did all of last year.
- This means we will need additional funding to meet the need. See us about larger grants to a targeted area of operation or open a new area of operation. To donate now text “Vets” to 41444 and donate any amount, or visit VeteransMatter.org/donate.
- To reach our goal of #Mission1000more this year we need to raise an additional $250,000.
If you too feel called to help the veterans who need us most, we do hope you join us.
For those who have donated already, you can be proud. When you go to bed tonight, sleep well with the knowledge you are part of an amazing team of Allies and Advocates people across this nation who care enough about veterans as you do; Enough so that you have helped house nearly 2,500 veterans nationwide. On behalf of each and every one of them, I thank you.
You truly helped take care of our own, Americans, one for all, and all for one.
Advocate in Chief