Be a Part of the Next Operation Victory Home for a Hero
is doing it again: enlisting community partners and volunteers to renovate a home for a homeless veteran.
KDVA is partnering with the Housing Partnership, Kentucky Habitat for Human, Metro United Way, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council (GLCLC) and the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations of Kentucky (JECVO) as well as multiple businesses and community organizations to provide a safe, decent home for a homeless veteran while at the same time renovating a house that will improve a neighborhood.
We did it last year for formerly homeless Navy Veteran Marlene Aldridge, who will mark one year in her home this Veterans Day.
“It totally changed my life,” Marlene says. She sent an application for the next house to a homeless veteran she knows, who has been struggling financially and had to move in with her son. “I absolutely recommend this program.”
To people considering volunteering to help on this year’s house, she says “From volunteering myself with other projects, it’s very fulfilling. You get to network and meet with lots of wonderful people. You never know what opportunities arise from volunteerism. I got a job from it.”
This year’s project begins in earnest THIS SATURDAY, July 28, with volunteers cleaning up and preparing the new property for extensive renovations. We will need volunteers throughout the
Operation Victory is currently accepting applications to be considered for a future rehabilitated home. To qualify you must currently be a homeless veteran.
To apply, download the application
, fill it out completely and either email or fax it to be reviewed. Email completed application to email@example.com or Fax to 502-564-4036.
Helping Homeless Veterans
In 2015, the Commonwealth of Kentucky declared its intention to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Great efforts were made toward achieving this goal. We still have many homeless veterans living in shelters, with relatives, and even on our streets, but by partnering with other organizations such as the Unites States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA), USACares, and numerous other non-profit organizations we have reached the point of being able to assist newly identified homeless veterans. There are now programs to help prevent a veteran from losing their utilities, being evicted, or going hungry. We also have many programs to help veterans to become housed if they are homeless.
What is the definition of "homeless"?
The United States Code contains the official federal definition of homelessness, which is commonly
used because it controls federal funding streams. In Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter 1, "homeless" is defined as follows:
§11302. General definition of homeless individual
(a) In general
For purposes of this chapter, the term "homeless" or "homeless individual or homeless person" includes––
1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is––
A. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide
temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and
transitional housing for the mentally ill);
B. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be
C. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping
accommodation for human beings."
Where to Find Help
The Salvation Army in Louisville opened a 28-bed Transitional Housing facility for men. The program connects men with case management to increase employment and training towards employment as well as other support services.
911 S. Brook St
Louisville, KY 40202
Wayside Christian Mission
offer 10 beds to immediately transitionally house homeless veterans. One of the unique and important features of this agency regards the ability to provide housing to women veterans and veterans with families. Wayside has six apartments for women and veterans with families to help ensure the family stability.
432 East Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Interlink Counseling Services
facility in Louisville continues the mission of serving homeless veterans with 85 beds for male veterans. Interlink makes every effort to quickly assist veterans in need with the Landing Zone that consist of five emergency housing beds that allows the program to take homeless veterans off the street.
8311 Preston Highway
Louisville Kentucky 40219.
(502) 964-7147 http://www.interlinkservices.org/
St. Vincent DePaul in Louisville provides 20 beds through the Grant & Per Diem for homeless veterans. The facility offers individual rooms for greater privacy, All the facilities offer, in addition to rooms and regular meals, multiple services including:
• Drug and alcohol abuse counseling
• Education referrals
• Employment and job training referrals
• Assistance with permanent housing
1034 S. Jackson St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 584-2480, Extension 241.
Volunteers of America
provide a 40-bed Homeless Veterans Transition Facility at the Leestown Campus of the Lexington VA Medical Center, in partnership with the VAMC Lexington and KDVA. The facility offers substance abuse treatment with emphasis on continued recovery stable housing and employment.
1382 Bull Lea Rd.
Lexington KY 40511
859 254 0149 http://www.voaky.org/Services/
Kentucky St. James Place
apartments in Lexington provides one of the more unique transitional housing options in the state with all 38 efficiency apartment units for homeless veterans fully occupied. These units receive support from the USDVA Homeless Veterans Grant & Per Diem Program. Because each unit is complete with kitchen and private bath males and females use this facility.
St. James Place Apartments
169 Deweese Street
Lexington KY 40507
The Hope Center
in Lexington provides 30 beds to homeless male veterans who need help with a substance abuse problem. The new facility is beautifully designed and a great asset to the community.
360 West Loudon Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-7881 http://www.hopectr.org/
Eastern KentuckyMountain Comprehensive Care Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing
is a 25-bed facility for men. It provides Therapeutic Rehabilitation for mental illness, case management, substance abuse treatment, peer support and mental health therapy and/or counseling on site. Mt. Comp Care also operates a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which helps homeless veterans find jobs. This program covers all of eastern KY (including as far east as Clark and Madison Counties.)
152 Douglas Parkway
Pikeville, KY 41501
Contact: John Shaver
(606) 639-3178www.mtcomp.orgWestern Kentucky
Pennyroyal Center for Homeless Veterans provides transitional housing with therapeutic services for male veterans experiencing homelessness. The facility can accommodate up to 50 veterans in its 25 semi-private rooms.
506 Boales St
Hopkinsville KY 42240
The Brighton Recovery Center for Women, in Florence, is a long-term recovery center for women battling drug and alcohol addiction. Five (5) beds are dedicated to homeless female veterans who need help with their substance abuse problem.
375 Weaver Road
Florence, Kentucky 41042
From Homeless to Home: Operation Victory: Providing Homes for Heroes Dedicates Louisville home for Navy Veteran Marlene Aldridge
On Nov. 10, more than 100 project volunteers, neighbors and supports welcomed Navy Veteran Marlene Aldridge to her newly renovated home on Clara Avenue in Louisville. A coalition of dozens of unions, community groups, companies, state and local agencies and volunteers renovated the house. KDVA Outreach Coordinator Trina Patty recommended Marlene Aldritch for the project.
Homeless Veterans Coordinator Trina Patty accepts a $1,000 Donation to the Homeless Veterans Trust Fund from GE Union 83761
The Homeless Veterans Trust Fund helps veterans directly with small cash grants for utilities, rent and security deposits to veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
HVTF's accomplishments in the last fiscal year:
Total Assistance Granted: $78,888
Veterans Assisted: 347
Average Amt of Assistance: $227
195 Veterans received rental assistance
134 Veterans received utility assistance
18 received temporary housing assistance while waiting for permanent housing.