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About The Program

Operation Homefront's Transitional Housing Program allows these service members to live rent-free while they go through the transition process. Upon placement, Operation Homefront counselors set up a mandatory schedule that these service members, veterans, and their families must follow. They are required to attend support groups, workshops, benefits briefings, and resume writing classes, as determined by their counselor. They also undergo one-on-one financial counseling to reduce debt and build savings. OH counselors meet with each military family every 30 days to review their financial situation, determine where they are in the transition process, review their attendance in the required workshops and classes, and determine their ability to live on their own. Once they have become self- sufficient, OH counselors help them find suitable housing in the area they intend to live on a permanent basis. Upon completion of the program, veterans and their families should have VA benefits in place, debt significantly reduced and emergency savings in place.


Our properties are fully furnished, complete with full utility services, internet access, cable TV, and telephone service. Our comfortable apartments have all the typical features of home.


Operation Homefront currently operates its program in three locations across the country:

 

  • Our SoCal program serves primarily Balboa Hospital and Camp Pendleton and is located in San Diego, CA

  • Our Maryland program is located in Gaithersburg, MD and serves those primarily being treated at Bethesda
    Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

  • Our San Antonio program serves those primarily being treated at San Antonio Military Medical Center and Audie Murphy VA Hospital

 
If you would like more information about our Transitional Housing Program, please

Operation Homefront has placed more than 600 families, including 114 female veterans and 1,089 children, into

homes across the U.S. through the Homes on the Homefront program.

Frequently Asked Questions: 
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that might help you.

Click here to view frequently asked questions.

In order to apply for a home, you will need to create an account or have an existing account with Operation Homefront. Once you click the "View Homes & Apply" button below you will be taken to My Operation Homefront to create an account or login. From there you will be able to view current homes and apply.

Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors are a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Service members disabled from injuries return home where they are discharged from service, have to vacate base housing and have to wait for their VA compensation to begin. Most of them experience a 50-75% cut in pay and their spouse may need to leave work to care for them. This can quickly put severe financial strain on their families as it may take months for their benefits to kick in.

As a result, our young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at risk of becoming homeless if
programs are not put into place to help these service members transition back into civilian life while
keeping some stability for their families. That is why Operation Homefront has established the
Operation Homefront Transitional Housing Program.

How To Apply 

Wounded warrior families can apply online.

When applying online, you will need to create an account to get started.

Operation Homefront currently operates its program in three locations across the country:

Critical Financial Assistance Application

Do you need financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, or other critical family needs? If you are active duty,
deployed, a veteran, or are a wounded, ill or injured service member -- and meet our criteria -- you may be eligible for
assistance from Operation Homefront's Critical Financial Assistance.
Over the past five years, we have helped nearly 14,000 military families just like yours with nearly 35,000 unique
request for assistance. In 2016, 89% of the families helped by this program agreed or strongly agreed that our
support helped them feel strong, stable, and secure.


Application Process: 
Our system follows a three-step process each month for applicants. There is a 10-day Application and Initial
Processing Period, a 10-day Processing and Review Period, and a 10-day Evaluation/Notification period. We suggest
you click the button below to read about the application process.

Application Process

Eligibility Criteria: 
While it is Operation Homefront's wish to meet all assistance request, request from ineligible individuals cannot be considered and will delay our ability to assist other, eligible individuals. Click the button below to read about the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

Frequently Asked Questions: 
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that might help you.  Frequently Asked Questions 

Frequently Asked Questions

Check Eligibility and Apply: If you want to check your eligibility for assistance, click here.

Check Eligibility

Critical Financial Assistance Application

  • CFA Pre-Eligibility

  • Basic

  • Military

  • Family

  • Eligibility Results

  • CFA App

  • Income

  • Expenses

  • Vehicle

  • Documents

Critical Financial Assistance


Do you need financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, or other critical family needs? If you are
active duty, deployed, a veteran, or are a wounded, ill or injured service member -- and meet our
criteria -- you may be eligible for assistance from Operation Homefront's Critical Financial Assistance.


Over the past five years, we have helped nearly 14,000 military families just like yours with nearly
35,000 unique request for assistance. In 2016, 89% of the families helped by this program agreed or
strongly agreed that our support helped them feel strong, stable, and secure.


Application Process: 
Our system follows a three-step process each month for applicants. There is a 10-day Application and
Initial Processing Period, a 10-day Processing and Review Period, and a 10-day Evaluation/Notification
period. We suggest you click the button below to read about the application process.


Application Process


Eligibility Criteria: 
While it is Operation Homefront's wish to meet all assistance request, requests from ineligible
individuals cannot be considered and will delay our ability to assist other, eligible individuals. Click the
button below to read about the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria


Frequently Asked Questions: 
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that might help you.

Frequently Asked Questions


Check Eligibility and Apply: If you want to check your eligibility for assistance, click here.


Check Eligibility

Critical Financial Assistance Application

Service Member Information

 Critical Financial Assistance
 
DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR GULF COAST AND EAST COAST MILITARY FAMILIES


If you are in need of home repairs or are otherwise experiencing financial hardship because of Hurricane Florence or Hurricane Michael, you may be eligible for assistance and are encouraged to apply for help.  Please call Operation Homefront directly at 877-264-3968, and a caseworker will assist you in making an emergency application for our Critical Financial Assistance program.
 
Do you need financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, or other critical family needs? If you are active duty,
deployed, a veteran, or are a wounded, ill or injured service member -- and meet our criteria -- you may be eligible for assistance from Operation Homefront's Critical Financial Assistance.
Over the past five years, we have helped nearly 14,000 military families just like yours with nearly 35,000 unique
request for assistance. In 2016, 89% of the families helped by this program agreed or strongly agreed that our
support helped them feel strong, stable, and secure.


Application Process: 
Our system follows a three-step process each month for applicants. There is a 10-day Application and Initial
Processing Period, a 10-day Processing and Review Period, and a 10-day Evaluation/Notification period.

Click here to view the full application process


Eligibility Criteria:

While it is Operation Homefront's wish to meet all assistance request, request from ineligible individuals cannot be considered and will delay our ability to assist other, eligible individuals. 

Click here to view the table of eligibility criteria


Frequently Asked Questions: 
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that might help you.
Click here to view frequently asked questions


In order to apply for critical financial assistance you will need to create an account or have an existing
account with Operation Homefront. Once you click the "Apply Now" button below you will be taken to My
Operation Homefront to create an account or login.

Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors are a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Service members disabled by injuries return
home where they are discharged from service, have to vacate base housing, and have to wait for their VA
compensation to begin. Most of them experience a 50-75% cut in pay and their spouse may need to leave work to
care for them. This can quickly put severe financial strain on their families as it may t
ake months for their benefits to kick in.
As a result, our young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at risk of becoming homeless if programs are not put into place to help these service members transition back into civilian life while keeping some stability for their families. That is why Operation Homefront has established the Operation Homefront Transitional Housing Program.
 

How To Apply

Wounded warrior families can apply online. 

 

When applying online, you will need to create an account to get started.

Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration

Operation Homefront is excited to announce our newest housing program, Transitional Homes for Community
Reintegration (THCR)!


Operation Homefront understands the many challenges veterans and their families face while transitioning from a
military to civilian community.  Our THCR program was designed as a gateway for stability so veteran families can
remain strong, stable and secure in life outside of the military. 


The latest news:  See veteran family welcomed to their rent-free home in Florida.
Our THCR program serves veteran families who are within 12 months of discharge, served honorably, and are willing to work towards self-sufficiency by providing temporary rent-free housing, financial education, and support services.


Upon being selected for the program, families will be assigned a designated caseworker and financial counselor who
will work with them to create realistic financial, educational, employment and personal goal plans.  Families will gain knowledge on the home buying process, work to improve credit scores, pay off debt, accumulate emergency savings, and establish ties to the community they reside in.

While the program is technically “rent free”, families will be required to pay a monthly fee that will be refunded upon program graduation (2-3 years).  Those funds can be used for a significant down payment on a home of their own or whatever they feel most beneficial for the needs of their family in the community they reside in.  


Families are expected to have a strong connection to the community in which the home they apply for is located and
a strong desire to remain in that community upon program graduation. 

WHO CAN APPLY?
Honorably discharged veterans who are within 1-year of discharge. Veterans do not have to be injured or have a
comba
t deployment to apply. 


WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?
The committee will consider several factors when selecting a family to include: working towards financial stability
(savings, income, etc.), connection to the community where the home is located (family support, employment,
educational opportunities, etc.), commendable military service, and
family size.


HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
On average, it takes 90 days to select a family for our program.  During that time, applicants may be contacted if
documents or additional information is needed.  Viable applicants will be presented to the selection committee. After a decision has been made, only the veteran matched will be contacted.  We do not have the resources to contact every applicant that applies. 


ARE THE HOMES RENT-FREE?
Families will be required to pay a monthly fee that will be reimbursed upon program graduation.  Program fees will be determined by the financial counselor and likely range from $500-$800 per month. Families will be responsible for utility costs, a rehab fee, and a pet deposit (if applicable).  Operation Homefront will provide lawn care, landscaping, and pest control.


WHERE ARE THE HOMES?
We are currently accepting applications for a home being built in Yorkville, IL. Please see details and apply below.

Help  With  Ongoing Needs

Keep A Roof Over Their Heads
My gift... $150 
Many military families have faced eviction or foreclosure due to unexpected changes that affect their finances. Transitioning wounded service members may see a pay decrease once their military pay stops and their disability benefits begin. Help families keep a roof over their heads.
My gift... $200 
Pay the Electric Bill of a Military Family
Your donation of just $200 could provide power for a month to a military family in need or ensure that power is kept on for wounded warriors who need medical equipment for survival.
Help Feed a Military Family
My gift... $20 
We assist struggling military families by providing food boxes, grocery gift certificates, or vouchers to the commissary. Each family is provided enough food for a week while case workers help them find long-term solutions. Your $20 gift can give a hot meal to a military family.
Home Sweet, Home
Help A Warrior Transition To Civilian Life
Family Matters
My gift... $50 
Our young returning veterans are at risk of becoming homeless if they don't get help transitioning to civilian life. We offer free housing for wounded service members and their families to live during the transition process. These families get extra help to prepare and move to a place of their own.
Help Keep Essential Vehicle Rolling
My gift... $75 
New Skills
Getting around is hard when your car is being repaired, but imagine trying to get around with a significant injury and add 2-3 medical appointments a day. Some wounded service members do not have enough money to fix their vehicles. Your donations can help heroes with much-needed repairs.
Provide Comfort For Military Family
My gift... $125 
New Addition
What happens when a military spouse turns on the water to bathe a child and finds no hot water? The repair might have been feasible when their service member was home but due to deployment or injury recovery that is no longer possible. You can help make a difference.
MISSION: Build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.
Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, we have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services), and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 11 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures go directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need them most.
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