Awards of Merit for Housing Assistance

The Need

  1. California has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation (30%), and women make up approximately 8.9% of all homeless veterans. [1]
  2. Women veterans take, on average, three months longer than male veterans to find employment after they leave the military and often earn less despite having the same skills enhanced by military service.  As a result, in California, 60% of women veterans report having experienced housing instability. [2]
  3. Women veterans are between two and four times as likely to be homeless as their nonveteran counterparts [3] and 10% (compared to 15% of nonveterans) live below the poverty line. [4]
  4. Women returning from military service are the fastest growing demographic among the homeless population in the United States. [5]

The Program

Housing on Merit recognized the urgent need to reduce the number of women veterans experiencing homelessness in California.  We collected information related to housing barriers and trends in homelessness among female veterans in order to understand their needs, access to resources, and gaps in funding sources.  After extensive research, HOM launched the Award of Merit for Housing Assistance program in 2016.  Through this program, we provide eligible women veterans with the funding needed to help them secure and maintain stable housing.

Housing on Merit is proud to partner with several community organizations in San Diego to help identify women veterans in need of housing assistance.

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 various community organizations 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


*Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Division B, Title 1 Section 2104 and Section 2105.  On March 27, 2020, the U.S. government established the CARES Act to aid individuals, families, and businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The act includes provisions that permit deductions on cash contributions to charitable organizations and increases the limitations on those deductions by individuals who itemize as well as corporations in 2020.

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