Operation Homefront has announced a $4.2 million grant over two years from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to expand its efforts to provide housing for military families as they transition back to civilian life.
The grant will be used to expand the veteran services organization's Transitional Housing program for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families. Located near major military medical facilities in San Antonio, San Diego, and the Washington, D.C., metro area, the organization's Transitional Housing Villages are designed to relieve financial stress on military families and provide them with a comprehensive package of individualized support and financial planning services, including a fully furnished and rent- and utility-free apartment, case management and a customized transition plan, one-on-one financial planning, medical referrals, and assistance with employment and educational opportunities.
Grant funds also will be used to launch a pilot program, Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration, that places military families in safe, secure, single-family homes for a period of two to three years while providing them with coaching aimed at helping them reduce their debt, boost their savings, and prepare for home ownership. The goal is for families to complete the program with the financial stability they need to purchase a home, ideally in the area where their transitional home is located, thereby accelerating their reintegration into their chosen community.
"We are absolutely thrilled to work with the Clark Foundation as they clearly share our deep commitment to making transitional housing available for that very special group of our fellow citizens who have done so much for all of us," said Operation Homefront president and CEO Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr. "We believe having a strong, stable, and secure home environment allows military families the opportunity to build a brighter future and the chance to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. The Clark Foundation's very generous grant is incredibly important to expanding our work in this critical area."