Permanent Supportive Housing for Our Veterans
Many of our nation’s veterans return home to find a lack of resources to help them get back on their feet. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) states that approximately half of the nation’s homeless veterans suffer from mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 70% have alcohol and/or substance abuse problems. The shortage of affordable housing, livable income, lack of family and social support networks and non-transferable military skills also put veterans at a disadvantage.
While the Treasure Valley has experienced rapid population growth and a booming economy, the boom coincides with a tightened local rental market, leaving veterans at risk and vulnerable to homelessness. In fact, of the 833 persons experiencing homelessness in Ada County in 2017, 124 were veterans, indicating that Ada County exceeds the national average with 14% of our homeless population being made up of veterans.
The City of Boise, in partnership with Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA), Together Treasure Valley and The Idaho Statesman, is committed to changing the statistic by investing in a Veteran’s Permanent Supportive Housing development for Veterans Affairs (VA) health care eligible veterans. However, this cannot come to fruition without the community’s help. To make a project like this work, we must weave together our resources and help the most vulnerable members of our community thrive.
The estimated cost for the Veteran’s Permanent Supportive Housing development is approximately $5.8 million. $450,000 in private philanthropy would help close the gap. There are several ways to get involved:
- Set up a fundraising page for your organization
- Make a one-time donation
- Share information about the proposed development through your networks
Donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 per gift until the $50,000 match provided by Together Treasure Valley is allocated.
To learn more about Veteran's Permanent Supportive Housing, download the information brochure.
Published: July 18, 2018