HOW TO END VETERAN HOMELESSNESS
In our first episode, we’ve broken down vetted, time-tested solutions for veteran homelessness and how you can help!
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There are a lot of opportunities to serve and help end veteran hopelessness. Below we’ve listed only a few of the ways of where you can get started.
1. Contact Your Mayor.
When New Orleans eradicated veteran homelessness it took a public commitment from the city’s mayor. His enthusiasm and drive helped them successfully get all homeless vets into homes within six months. That’s amazing!
There are 64 other cities as of November 2018 that have done the same. Contact your mayor, write them a letter, attend a townhall to get involved.
2. Share it with Friends.
Please share this message or “Episode One” with your friends. Whether it’s on social media, in-person, or a phone call, the more the better. Serving is always better with a friend.
3. Register with a Volunteer Organization like Justserve.org.
Just Serve is a great place to find organizations that are already donating their time and resources to helping veterans. If you can’t find what you need, call your mayor’s office to learn about specific programs that have been endorsed by your city officials.
You can also try:
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans - http://www.nchv.org/
US Department of Veteran Affairs - https://www.va.gov/homeless/housing.asp
United Way Worldwide - https://www.unitedway.org/
4. Make the Call.
If a Veteran you know is homeless, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, or in crisis, refer him or her to VA. Make the Call to 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) or chat online at va.gov/homeless. Trained, supportive professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to connect Veterans with the care they need to get back on their feet.
There are many resources for veterans. Veterans that need help finding a home, please visit A Soldier's Home by clicking here.
You can also find more resources for homeless veterans here.
Learn the special impact you can have as a landlord here.