Veterans Matter

Project Zero

Project Zero

In partnership with National Exchange Clubs across America to bring the unhoused Veteran population to ZERO!

What is the Mission of Project Zero? 

The mission is simple: bring the unhoused Veteran population down to zero. To do this, we have the potential to partner with Exchange Clubs from across our great nation to work with us in identifying the number of unhoused Veterans in their state, as well as planning and collaborating with other Exchange Clubs to help our Heroes (and their significant others and especially their children) find safe, permanent housing.

Nothing speaks to the ideals of Americanism more than helping our Veterans and their families, preserving family units, and collectively making our communities stronger and safer in the process. Exchange Clubs across the United States are joining together to help house our unhoused Heroes. Through Project Zero, we can partner all the programs of Exchange with this important initiative. Let’s bring our Heroes home … for good!

Hero Story: A Veteran and his family housed through support from Exchange Club

Phil is a formerly unhoused Navy Veteran from South Carolina: “My family and I (including my 3 daughters) have been homeless since the beginning of Covid. Last couple of years we have been in and out of hotels. As expensive as hotels are it seemed what money we did get would be gone because of the hotels. Hard to find any place because of Covid going on. Knowing if we did, how would we get an apartment of our own, because of the cost of these hotels. At times thinking we were in this never-ending cycle and were never going to find a place. At times I felt it was too much and thought about giving up. Moving forward, your organization has meant the world to us. We are finally in our home, we are finally not homeless. We feel there is hope and we thank you all so much for that. This could have not happened without your help.”

25% of the Heroes that Veterans Matter houses have children. Thousands of children are now able to sleep in their own beds, attend school, have clean clothes, and be proud of their new homes. The youth of today need security. Having a home and family around them provides this element of love and warmth.

What can your Exchange Club do?

Commit to a Project Zero plan for your community. Homelessness is not conquered overnight. When you identify the number of unhoused Veterans in your city or state and commit to tackling the task of raising funds to bring that number down to ZERO. Clubs will see that it may take several projects over a period of time to accomplish a Veterans housed goal. Be patient. Plan accordingly, and celebrate each success. You will find a sense of accomplishment as we take this journey together.

STEP 1: Identify the number of unhoused Veterans in your state or city. 

STEP 2: Plan an event to rally your community in support of our unhoused Heroes

STEP 3: Celebrate your success in housing our nation’s Veterans