MVRC Partnership In Action: Supporting Homeless Veterans

In late June 2015 the MVRC Care Coordinator took a call from Women Veterans Support Services because they had a female veteran who was living in a supported housing program in Raleigh for homeless veterans administered by CASA.  WVSS was short on emergency funds and asked if we could assist.  The veteran had just gotten the housing so she no longer was living out of her truck, and it was still being determined what her rent amount would be.  An initial letter said $0 monthly rent, so she used her small earnings that month to buy new tires for her truck.  Then she got a letter saying that she would actually have to pay $312.  But by then she had no money for rent and would face late fees and possible eviction.  So MVRC agreed to pay her July rent for $312.  By August she would have enough of her own money to keep up with rent.

While the MVRC care coordinator was at CASA writing the check for the female vet, the CASA case manager asked if we do that kind of thing for any vet.  We said it depended on the circumstances.  Well, she proceeded to explain that the same rent confusion happened to a male vet in the housing program a few months before.  Except for him, he had late charges added on, and court costs for having to appear for an eviction hearing.  He had paid all those charges to the tune of $600 but that left him with no money to pay his July rent and he would be back in the vicious cycle again, or back on the streets.  So the care coordinator sent out a request for approval from his MVRC team to also help the male vet.  Within a few minutes, the approval votes came back and a second check for $321 was written to CASA on the spot.  The male veteran must have thought it was Christmas or something when he found out we paid his rent for the month because he had no idea it was coming or anyone was even in process of helping him.

A large part of that $633 came from a donation from the Fox Family Fund that was given to MVRC earlier in the year.  An anonymous donor late in 2014 gave a gift to MVRC for several hundred dollars that was used to assist a Reserve family with their electric bill so they could get the power turned back on.  Thankfully we don’t get an overwhelming number of veteran or military families in crisis.  But when it happens, because of the gifts of individual and organizational donors, we are able to respond to those crises quickly, giving a family a chance to then take the other steps they can take on their own to further stabilize their situation.

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