Homeless Warriors Housing Program
On any given night, 617 veterans in Virginia are homeless based on the 2014 Point-In-Time Count, a survey of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. Understanding the gravity of the situation, Governor Terry McAuliffe and mayors from Alexandria, Hampton, Richmond, Petersburg, Salem, Roanoke, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News signed the Mayors Challenge.
The WSF will provide assistance to homeless veterans and sponsor projects under the WSF's Homeless Warriors Housing Program that will focus on transitional and permanent housing.
Mission: WSF's Community-Based Outreach Plan (Homeless Warriors Housing Program):
In FY 2014, the WSF has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in their VA Homeless Sales Program. In a like manner, the WSF has been approved to participate in Wells Fargo's Property Donation Program under their REO Community Development Community & Stabilization Program. Our objective and goals are to work with our community partners to acquire and receive properties, then renovate them as single family dwellings to use as transitional and/or permanent housing for our nations homeless veterans and their families.
The WSF's approval into the Department of Veteran Affairs and Wells Fargo REO property donation program creates an enormous opportunity to help the property donation program (and its Community Development team) promote favorable outcome for severely distressed properties.
Current WSF/Wells Fargo REO Community Development Efforts:
Partnering with Wells Fargo allows the WSF to align its social entrepreneurial goals to provide transitional and permanent housing to our nation’s homeless veterans, with the responsible disposition goals of REO properties with community initiatives that will revitalize blighted neighborhoods.
September 2014, the WSF was approved to receive a property from the Wells Fargo Property donation program. On November 17, 2014, through the Wells Fargo Donated Property Program, the WSF and Wells Fargo successfully concluded the transfer of this transaction at 1302 Lafayette Boulevard, Roanoke, Virginia.
The Roanoke, Virginia property contains two (2) lots. All funds raised via CrowdRise will be contributed to the WSF's Homeless Warriors Housing Program to restore and develop a Phase 1 and Phase 2 opportunity. We anticipate this property at completion being used to house four (4) of our nations homeless veterans and their families. Phase 1 will be the restoration of the existing structure. This will house two (2) of our nations homeless veterans families. At Phase 2 of this project, a second structure will be built adjacent to Phase 1 which will also house two (2) of our nations homeless veterans families.