Supportive Housing for Veteran Families

“In war there are no unwounded soldiers.” Jose Narosky

Men and women entering the Armed Forces do so under the following agreements: they raise their hands and swear to defend the Constitution of the United States and defend the freedoms stated in our founding documents. The men and women in the military serve with valor, courage and honor. For our part, those of us in the civilian community, we promise to support the Veteran and their families throughout their enlistment and after they separate from the military and for the remainder of their lives.

The contract between our country and our soldiers is binding and requires more than a bumper sticker on the back of a car.
♦ 40% of men who are homeless are Veterans although Veterans comprise only 34% of the general male population.
♦ 8% of all Veterans are female or 1.8 million. The number of female veterans who are homeless doubled between 2006 and 2010 with 2/3 of this population having young children
♦ Unemployment among female veterans who have served since September 9th, 2001, was 12.4% higher than for their male counterparts.
♦ Female soldiers often experience military sexual assault (rape) and suffer from PTSD, substance abuse, and other impacts.

Recently, Shelter Care was awarded a New Application Grant through the Mayors’ Task Force to End Homelessness/Continuum of Care to serve 10 Veteran Families who suffer from homelessness. In addition, the State of Illinois’ Veteran Scratch Off Lottery was created by Governor Pat Quinn to provide rent and utility assistance to veterans honorably discharged from the armed forces.

For more information about this program, contact Sarah Parker-Scanlon at sparker@shelter-care.org or call 815-964-5520.