Relief, Resiliency, and Recurring Family Support
Through our multi-level programs, military families can access crisis and transitional housing relief, regain resiliency and receive recurring family support, which work together to help them become stronger, stable, and more secure.
With Critical Financial Assistance, along with Transitional Housing Villages and Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration, Operation Homefront provides relief to military families by making sure short-term problems do not become long-term crises.
Critical Financial Assistance
Service members deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing their family will not have to weather an urgent financial crisis alone. Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance program helps military families address critical financial shortfalls.
Most often, this means assistance with mortgage payments, rent, utilities, car repairs, home repairs, overdue bills, critical baby items, and groceries.
Our process is managed by professional caseworkers who validate financial needs before support is provided. We provide assistance in the form of grants, not loans and pay directly to service providers, or provide a grocery card to families.
Transitional Housing Villages
Operation Homefront’s Transitional Housing-Villages are designed to enable families to heal together, while bridging what can be a lengthy gap between military pay ending and veteran benefits beginning, or when veterans’ disability claims are reviewed and received.
The Villages provide rent-free, two and three bedroom apartments to wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their families as they leave the military and transition into civilian life. There are three locations: San Diego, California; Gaithersburg, Maryland; and San Antonio, Texas.
Our Villages relieve the financial stress and provide a comprehensive package of individualized family support and financial planning services.
Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration
For many veterans and their families, the transition to civilian life can be a challenge. Some do not have the funds for the down payment on a home or they are unable to sustain home ownership.
In 2018, Operation Homefront launched the Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration (THCR) program, which offers families the opportunity to live in a rent-free, single-family home for a period of two to three years while receiving financial counseling and community reintegration support.
Long-term housing through Homes on the Homefront and supporting caregivers with our Hearts of Valor program are two options for military families wanting to regain resiliency and become more stable.
Homes on the Homefront
The Homes on the Homefront (HOTH) program prepares veterans and their families for home ownership by providing a mortgage-free home and the opportunity to work directly with Operation Homefront caseworkers and financial counselors and learn how to prepare for home ownership.
Since the program began in 2012, nearly 690 families have entered the HOTH program. Of that group, 594 families have graduated from the program and have been deeded their home, mortgage-free.
Hearts of Valor
Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor program has more than 70 support groups nationwide and provides vital peer-to-peer support for caregivers of our wounded warriors. Since the 9/11 terror attacks, more than two million Americans have served in overseas combat zones. Tens of thousands have returned home with severe physical injuries and devastating psychological wounds, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Spouses and caregivers of these service members face enormous challenges as they care for their loved ones. They are on call 24/7 and cope with personality changes, frustrations, and compassion fatigue. The stress can be exhausting and overwhelming.
Caregivers in Hearts of Valor have an opportunity to apply for all-expenses-paid caregiver retreats offering respite, expert coaching, and assistance in developing caregiver skills. The program offers confidential, one-on-one support in-person, online, and by phone from caring professional staff members, with experience in military trauma, providing guidance and encouragement.
Recurring Family Support Programs
We support every military family member. We host a gala each year that recognizes extraordinary military kids as part of our Military Child of the Year Awards, and we host multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Babies Showers, Back-to-School Brigades, Holiday Meals for Military, and Holiday Toy Drive events each year to show our appreciation to military families.