Awards of Merit for Housing Assistance

The Need

  1. California has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation (29%) [1], and women make up approximately 9% of all homeless veterans. [2]
  2. In a 2016 report, the VA-funded National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, said the number of women identified by the program as homeless, or who accessed VA programs to end homelessness among female Vets, tripled to 36,443 in a five-year period ending in 2015. That figure, according to the center, is projected to rise by about 9 percent to nearly 40,000 by 2025.” [2]
  3. Women veterans are between two and four times as likely to be homeless as their nonveteran counterparts [2] and 10% (compared to 15% of nonveterans) live below the poverty line. [3]
  4. Women veteran headed households were more likely to be cost burdened. For example, 82% of women veteran headed households with extremely low incomes were cost burdened compared to 59% of married veteran households.

The Program

Housing on Merit recognized the urgent need to reduce the number of women veterans experiencing homelessness in California. HOM collected information related to barriers, opportunities, and trends in homelessness among female veterans in order to understand their needs, access to resources, and gaps in funding sources. After completing this extensive research, HOM launched the Award of Merit for Housing Assistance. The program provides funds to women veterans facing homelessness in order to remove barriers to permanent housing.

In 2016, HOM partnered with Courage to Call to identify women veterans most in need for housing assistance. With their help we are able to award subsequent funds to reduce the number of women veterans facing homelessness in San Diego. Housing on Merit has also partnered with Team AMVETS to help veterans in our program get settled into their new homes.

Welcoming Our Heroes Home is Housing on Merit’s fundraising initiative to support our Awards of Merit Program. Watch Paula’s story and consider donating to make housing a reality for all women veterans facing homelessness in San Diego.

Housing on Merit is proud to be partnering with the Veterans Village of San Diego to provide female veterans currently residing at the Veterans Winter Shelter the Housing on Merit 2014 Award of Merit for Housing Assistance.  All interested and qualified female veterans were invited to submit an application for an Award of Merit.Recipients of the Award of Merit for Housing Assistance will be announced on March 7, 2014.

Next Steps

HOM has partnered with Courage to Call  to award subsequent Awards of Merit for Housing Assistance, which are possible due to the individual contributions of people who care. Your donations help us ensure that formerly homeless female veterans maintain housing stability and fully integrate into their communities. Contributions are tax deductible as Housing on Merit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Housing on Merit’s Tax ID# 45-2991692

Donate now to HOM’s Awards of Merit “because when a veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he or she should ever have to sleep on it.” – First Lady Michelle Obama