National housing group to honor Operation Homefront
San Antonio’s Operation Homefront (OH) will be among the honorees that will be celebrated at the 40th Annual Gala for the Washington, D.C.-based National Housing Conference.
The event will be held on June 21 at the National Building Museum in D.C.
For the past 39 galas, NHC has honored individuals with the Housing Person of the Year Award.
This year, however, NHC opted to turn its attention to those organizations that are providing critical housing and residential services to the country’s military personnel and their families. Joining Operation Homefront as this year’s honorees — The Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America, U.S. Vets and Cloudbreak Communities.
“These five organizations exemplify the partnerships that help meet the pressing need for housing and residential services that so many returning and at-risk veterans need,” says NHC Board Chair Dan Nissenbaum. “The challenges veterans face in terms of finances, employment prospects, and health require a solid foundation of safe, decent, affordable housing. ... It is great to showcase our honorees as a model of how to move forward as an industry.”
Operation Homefront was founded in February 2002 to provide emergency financial assistance and other support services to military personnel and/or their families. With roughly 75 percent of its clients living at 80 percent below the median income of their communities, the services OH provide can go a long way towards easing the financial, medical and household burdens its clients face. Over the past 10 years, the local nonprofit has grown to 23 chapters and has provided more than $92 million of funding to programs benefitting military families.
Operation Homefront also provides transitional services, including short-term housing, to help returning military make the transition from being at war to being at home.
Operation Homefront’s list of services include several others that target the residential needs of military families.
Case in point is Homes on the Homefront — a partner program between OH and Chase Bank that works to turn military families and veterans into homeowners. For a period of time — usually one to two years — the family lives in the house as a tenant. It is the responsibility of the family to pay property taxes, insurance and homeowner’s association fees. The family also receives financial counseling to develop a plan to eventually buy the house.