Helping Veterans During Covid-19: $3.25 Million In Rental Assistance

Our Veterans and military families have given so much for us. Now it’s our turn to be there for them. 

Even before COVID-19 impacted everyone around the world and the unemployment rate skyrocketed, Veteran homelessness was a problem across the United States. In Texas alone, an average of 1,800 Veterans sleep on the streets on any given night, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. That’s 1,800 former service members living without shelter and basic human necessities that we so often take for granted.

Sadly, the Covid-19 crisis has only aggravated the problem of Veteran homelessness. Not only are those currently experiencing homelessness highly vulnerable to the virus due to lack of shelter and access to healthcare, but rampant job loss threatens to kick even more Veterans and their families out of their homes if they cannot afford to pay their rent or utility bills. Entire families are at risk of losing their homes; families who have already sacrificed so much for our freedom.

With shelters across Texas tapped out, vulnerable Veterans have nowhere to turn. 

But Endeavors can help.

Partners In Veteran Support

At Endeavors, we work to prevent homelessness and rapidly re-house low-income Veterans and their families facing homelessness through our Veteran Supportive Services Program. Our case managers work one-on-one with Veterans in need, helping them obtain VA benefits and services, connecting them to mental health and substance abuse resources, and providing referrals for financial counseling, legal services, job placement assistance, parenting programs, and skills workshops. 

In response to Covid-19, we are maximizing our response to Veteran homelessness by partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which recently received funds from the CARES Act. Thanks to this partnership, we have $3.25 million in emergency financial assistance for Veterans who have been impacted due to the COVID-19 crisis. This assistance is immediately available and we want to spread the word that we’re here to help low-income Veterans having a difficult time paying their rent or facing homelessness.

Case managers at Endeavors’ Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families across Texas are connecting Veterans with financial assistance, access to emergency housing, and rental debt relief. With ten offices across 80 counties from Corpus Christi to El Paso, Endeavors is able to assist Veterans across Texas with complete confidentiality. 

Endeavors President & CEO Jon Allman recently stated, “Our top priority with this additional funding is to quickly respond to Veterans and their families who have urgent housing needs. As the state of Texas begins to reopen, we are committed to helping Veterans get back on their feet.” 

We understand that the key to ending homelessness is to prevent it in the first place. By providing rental assistance now, we can help ensure that Veterans and their families don’t fall behind on their rent or utilities before they are able to work again. 

How To Get Financial Assistance

Endeavors has a limited timeframe to disperse the $3.25 million financial assistance provided. We encourage Veterans to contact their local Endeavors office immediately. Our case managers are currently working remotely to assist you and your family today. If you or someone you know needs help with rental or utility assistance, please give Endeavors a call today or learn more at www.endeavors.org/SSVFcares

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Corpus Christi: (361) 356-3649
McAllen: (956) 278-0751
Texas City: (409) 572-9320

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Dallas: (214) 932-6276
Fort Worth: (817) 537-5370
Killeen: (254) 314-8464
Waco: (254) 218-4455

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Kerrville: (830) 323-0023
San Antonio: (210) 469-9664
El Paso: (915) 308-9760

About Endeavors’ Veteran Supportive Services

Endeavors is a longstanding national non-profit that provides an array of programs and services in support of children, families, Veterans, and those struggling with mental illness and other disabilities. Endeavors serves vulnerable people in crisis through innovative personalized services. Endeavors provides support for Veterans and military families for over eighty counties through nine offices across Texas. For more information, please visit www.endeavors.org

This article was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.