Housing Program

Project Home

LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

1st Veterans Kids Care will help our veterans and their families realize their own American Dream by providing supportive services to families of veterans and low to mid-income families in the form of permanent and transitional housing.

F.A.Q

1st Veterans Kids Care’s “Project Home” was created to prevent and reduce the prevalence and duration of homelessness among our overlooked and deserving veterans. Due to the increased need our focus has grown to also include low to middle income families that also need assistance and will consist of:

  • Developing and providing permanent and supportive housing for low-income and/or homeless veterans.
  • Spearheading, coordinating and leveraging resources independently or together with local governments and non-profit organizations who provide housing services, housing repairs and adaptive housing support for disabled veterans.
  • Providing financial management seminars and budget counseling workshops tailored to veterans, community members and their families.
  • Providing additional, no fee legal assistance and counseling to veterans who are going through the ordeal of obtaining benefits to include appealing claims and other legal issues that may be adversely affecting their financial stability.

Project HOME comes with a full range of support services including a employment and training program, legal and medical advice, and special services related to PTSD, substance abuse, and other challenges faced by veterans. Intensive case management and counseling will also be made available to help veterans regain control of their lives.

We help veterans connect to the resources they get and keep permanent housing and provide housing for 500 veterans in our supportive housing programs. We work one-on-one with veterans to determine the best options for them to meet their individual housing needs

You might be unsheltered and living on the streets or sleeping in your car. Or maybe you are living with friends and family, but you are just one argument away from being homeless. We can help.

  • Emergency and Temporary Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing

We’ve been helping veterans and their families since 2009.

Veterans are selected based on several qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. A customized transition plan will be developed in conjunction with each family’s specific needs. Families will have routine inspections and will participate in financial counseling and other supportive activities designed by 1st Veterans Kids Care. Once the requirements of the transition plan have been fully satisfied and the family can maintain and sustain the costs of the home, the property may be deeded to the family.

 

The Goal of Project Home is to provide 15-20 permanent houses yearly and to educate our veterans on the intricacies of home ownership to include financial planning and the securing of funds to ensure maintenance of their property long-term. This Program will also work with veterans and their families who have been offered and have accepted a permanent housing solution by the VA or another entity, but are not able to immediately enter their chosen housing.  Length of stay is usually less than 90 days in various properties throughout Central Florida.

1st Veterans Kids Care will help our veterans and their families realize their own American dreams.* 

To end chronic homelessness among veterans in our communities. Veterans are selected based on several qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. The family resides in the property as a tenant of 1st Veterans Kids Care for a period between one and two years. During this time, families will be required to pay any actual costs of property taxes, insurance, and homeowner’s association fees. 

  • A customized transition plan will be developed in conjunction with each family. Families also will have routine inspections of the home, participate in financial counseling and any other activity required by their assigned client services representative. 
  • Families will be required to save enough funds to ensure they can maintain the property long-term. Once the requirements of the transition plan have been fully satisfied and the family is able to maintain and sustain the costs of the home, the property may be deeded to the family. 

                 *1st Veterans Kids Care maintains a lien on the property.

  • Housing Placement
  • Intake and Assessment
  • Case management and Support Services
  • Rapid Rehousing Assistance
  • Access to a network of Social Service Agencies and Community Collaboration
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  • A veteran must be homeless with confirming documentation from an organization like the Veteran’s Administration, law enforcement, Salvation Army, shelters, churches, etc. Applicant must produce identification such as driver’s license, DD 214, Social security card, birth certificate, or state identification card, and for disabled veterans, proof of disability.

    Once in the Project HOME Program, our Case Managers are ready and able to assist our clients in achieving their Personal Improvement Plan, which enables them to accomplish their short and long-term goals. Our staff provides motivation through supervision, empathy, and recognition of client’s success. In addition, clients are exposed to the wide range of social services that are available throughout Central Florida. Classes on budget management and mental health counseling will be provided for clients who are willing to take advantage of this opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • Working closely with the Veterans Administration, local government entities and other non-profit organizations, this program provides transitional housing in the form of apartments or multifamily units for veterans and disabled veterans.

    In order to qualify for this program you must be a Veteran or dependent of a Veteran. Additionally, you must be homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or unable to obtain safe, affordable housing.  While Veterans and their families will be the first priority other community members may receive assistance if they meet the housing qualifications.

    Residents who graduate from our Project Home Housing for Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing Program will qualify for our permanent home program and will be assisted in becoming valuable contributors to their community and fellow veterans in need.

F.A.Q

1st Veterans Kids Care’s “Project Home” was created to prevent and reduce the prevalence and duration of homelessness among our overlooked and deserving veterans. Our focus will consist of:

  • Developing and providing permanent and supportive housing for low-income and/or homeless veterans.
  • Spearheading, coordinating and leveraging resources independently or together with local non-profit organizations who provide housing repairs and adaptive housing support for disabled veterans.
  • Providing financial management seminars and budget counseling workshops tailored to veterans and their families.
  • Providing additional, no fee legal assistance and counseling to veterans who are going through the ordeal of obtaining benefits to include appealing claims and other legal issues that may be adversely affecting their financial stability.

Veterans are selected based on several qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. A customized transition plan will be developed in conjunction with each family’s specific needs. Families will have routine inspections and will participate in financial counseling and other supportive activities designed by 1st Veterans Kids Care. Once the requirements of the transition plan have been fully satisfied and the family can maintain and sustain the costs of the home, the property may be deeded to the family.

To provide 15-20 permanent houses yearly and to educate our veterans on the intricacies of home ownership to include financial planning and securing of funds to ensure maintenance of their property long-term.

The local homeless service agencies and shelters are seeing an increase in the number of female veterans, with and without children, but these agencies are not trained to respond to the unique needs of female veterans.

The VA is working to address the disparities in services and unique needs of female veterans. In late 2011, it announced plans to establish a VA task force, in partnership with the DOD, on women veterans and develop a plan that will focus on the key issue’s female veterans face.

Unfortunately, resources available to families of veterans are limited. Recently the VA established a family caretaker program to provide limited financial assistance (hourly wages) and other support to a wife, mother or other family member taking care of an injured veteran. Other than this newly developed program and some minor benefits, the VA is not positioned to provide support for families. And although veteran families may have access to family, children, legal and other services available to the general population in Central Florida, these services are typically not sensitized to or have the capacity to address the unique issues and dynamics that families of veterans may be experiencing. The lack of services and support for veterans’ families is a significant void in the Central Florida community 1st Veterans Kids Care has developed initiatives to fill.

1st Veterans Kids Care will  help our veterans and their families realize their own American dreams.* 

  • Veterans are selected based on several qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. The family resides in the property as a tenant of 1st Veterans Kids Care for a period between one and two years. During this time, families will be required to pay any actual costs of property taxes, insurance, and homeowner’s association fees. 
  • A customized transition plan will be developed in conjunction with each family. Families also will have routine inspections of the home, participate in financial counseling and any other activity required by their assigned client services representative. 
  • Families will be required to save enough funds to ensure they can maintain the property long-term. Once the requirements of the transition plan have been fully satisfied and the family is able to maintain and sustain the costs of the home, the property may be deeded to the family. 

                 *1st Veterans Kids Care maintains a lien on the property.

  • Land Contribution
  • Housing Contribution
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Monetary Donation