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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Support, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Nearly 200,000 veterans will sleep on the streets of this country tonight. This organization provides safe stable housing with coordinated support services so that veterans are able to develop the job skills and life skills that will allow them to successfully rejoin society as productive citizens and family members.

Results: With eleven facil­i­ties in five states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia, U.S. VETS serves over 2,000 vet­er­ans each day. In a year, U.S. VETS will help 3,000 vet­er­ans find homes and over 1,000 vet­er­ans obtain full-time employ­ment. Since its estab­lish­ment in 1992, thou­sands of at-risk vet­er­ans have ben­e­fited from U.S. VETS ser­vices each year — we have engaged over 100,000 vet­er­ans through out­reach ser­vices, pro­vided res­i­den­tial ser­vices to over 20,000 vet­er­ans, and placed over 8,000 vet­er­ans into jobs.

Programs: Veterans in progressthis program helps homeless veterans (primarily those living in places not ordinarily meant for human habitation or in emergency shelters) achieve residential stability, increase their skill level and income and obtain greater self-determination through employment and improved life skills. This program is located in inglewood, long beach, inland empire, barbers point, las vegas, phoenix, prescott and houston.

supportive services for veteran familiesin september 2011, u. S. Vets began operating the va-funded supportive services for veteran families (ssvf) program to provide rapidre-housing and homeless prevention services to very low-income veteranfamilies. This program provides outreach, case management and assistance in obtaining va and other benefits to include health care services, daily living services, personal financial planningservices,transportation services, fiduciary and payee services, legal services, child care services and housing counseling services. Temporary financial assistance of rental assistance, utilities, security and utility deposits, moving costs, child care, transportation and emergency supplies may also be provided to help veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing. This program is operated in los angeles, inglewood, long beach, las vegas and the inland empire. U. S. Vets was also awarded funding to start new ssvf programs effective october 1, 2013 in washington, d. C. , houston, phoenix and hawaii.

permanent housing programthis permanent supportive housing program provides rental assistance subsidies and supportive services including outreach, case management, sobriety support and participation in therapeutic groups for veterans who are homeless and have a medically-certified disability. The goals of this program are housing retention, increased income and benefits and increased self-determination. This program is operated in phoenix, prescott, long beach, las vegas, hawaii, houston, washington, d. C. And the inland empire.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Daniel. I am a landlord in Phoenix AZ.
I've dealt with United States Veterans Initiative to help place two veterans in units in my complex. I won't say that the service was flawless, but there was never a doubt in my mind that the staff at USVI in PHX was dedicated to the achievement of securing housing for the vets. The two tenants I now have as a result have been models. They are honest, hard working, and respectful residents in our community

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Andrew, I am a Vietnam War veteran. I was homeless for three years due to a number of circumstances and bad choices. For many years I couldn’t find my footing in the world, dealing with PTSD and Combat Trauma I was self-medicating, using drugs and alcohol to cope with the madness in my head and ended up in prison. While in prison I heard about U.S.VETS – Inland Empire and made the decision that I was going to U.S. Vets. While in prison I wrote to Mr. Estrada to let him know I would like to enter U.S.VETS – Inland Empire and was greeted by him when I was dropped off at the March Air Force site in February 2015. Mr. Estrada spent the time to encourage me to follow through with the program and I did.

I entered U.S. Vets – Inland Empire in 2015 for their substance abuse treatment track and completed the program in 90 days. Subsequently I went through the Veterans in Progress program where I was able to increase my cash income. The VIP program assisted me in getting my service connection re-instated, keeping my substance abuse under control, and kept me on track and on time for all my VA appointments and court appearances. After a couple months in VIP I was approved and placed into the U.S. Vets C.H.A.M.P.S program for chronically homeless and disabled veterans. I now have my life together and things are going great.

Today I am living in a beautiful apartment and I have control over my destiny.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Exceptional organization. Committed to serving our heroes with the honor and respect they deserve.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

U.S. Vets is an awesome organization. For 8 years we have had the honor and privilege to provide our heroes with nutritious meals. Let me tell you it has been such a joy. To see our veterans fall on hard times is one thing but to see them fall on a great organization like the U.S Vets is such an awesome feeling. Day after day we see a lot of our friends leave and become independent again. That is why we love this organization so much. The help they provide and more importantly the changes in our veterans faces when they can stand on their own again. We often forget about these peoples sacrifices they have made for us and it is such a relief and joy knowing that they too have heroes at u.s vets who genuinly care for them. To all my friends at u.s vets I want to say thank you! Hats off to you all for your service and help that you all provide. Remember that you all are heroes just like the people you folks help and protect. Mahalo and kamaaina catering will always hold the U.S Vets close and dear to our hearts. We love you all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

US Vets Las Vegas is an amazing organization for which I am thrilled to be able to serve as the Co-Chair for the Advisory Council. I have been working with US Vets for over ten (10) years and am so proud to see the amazing accomplishments they have made in reducing veteran homelessness in the Las Vegas valley. Through their many programs, they have been able to bring renewed confidence to our veteran population. The men and women who have served our country deserve the world and the very least we can do is to ensure that they have a roof over their heads. They have given their lives to our country and we are so lucky to be able to serve them in return. I can't imagine Las Vegas without an organization like US Vets and feel fortunate every day to be able to help by serving as an Advisory Council member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long-time volunteer and donor at U.S.VETS – Pai’olu Kaiaulu at the Waianae Civic Center, I have first-hand knowledge of the tireless work that the staff members perform in service to the thousands of veteran and non-veteran individuals and families with children that they have served since March 2007. My main areas of volunteer service range from assisting with preparing and serving the annual Christmas brunch to helping staff at the annual Hana Like Kakou (Many Hands Working Together), benefit dinner.

I take great pride in assisting this very worthwhile cause, not only as a retired member of the U.S. Coast Guard, but because I can rest assured that the donations received are used as intended for the benefit of the individuals and families with children who call Pai’olu Kaiaulu home, and that the donations further U.S.VETS’ mission in service to others.

I have been a volunteer and monetary donor since 2007 and don’t plan to stop any time soon!

Mahalo,
Charles Peraro

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional consultant who has worked closely with Hawaii's homeless population as a member of Partners In Care, Hawaii’s Coalition of Homeless Providers, I have seen first hand the impact that U.S.VETS has made in the State of Hawaii. U.S.VETS is continually fulfilling their mission of serving veterans and non-veterans by providing housing, training, and a myriad of other services to thousands of individuals in Hawaii.

Because I believe in the mission, the reputation, and the service to others, I have personally donated to the U.S.VETS Waianae program through participation in their annual Bowl-a-Thon and annual fundraising dinner.

It has been easy to give to an organization knowing that each donation makes a difference in someone’s life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a U.S. Navy veteran who fought in Operation Desert Storm. I proudly served from 1980-1990.
What happened in my life that brought me to U.S.VETS – Long Beach was a 25 year battle with PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, homelessness, unemployability, loneliness, and an otherwise empty and miserable life.

Today, as a direct result of U.S.VETS – Long Beach, I am sober, although for only a short time (31 days) but for me it is very significant. I have the essential necessities required to live such as food and shelter, and I also have some fundamental things that greatly affect quality of life such as companionship, support, respect, usefulness, hope, etc.

U.S.VETS – Long Beach helped by providing services such as case management, community service, transitional housing, financial support for vital documents, etc.
Since coming to U.S.VETS - Beach, I have changed in significant ways. My physical and mental health has markedly improved due to proper nutrition, medication compliance, and one-on-one therapy. I have a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in and a roof over my head that I will never take for granted. My outlook has been revitalized from hopelessness to optimism. My future has changed from dim to bright.

On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest rating, I would rate U.S.VETS as 5.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

While working in the veterans field in Washington, DC, and dealing with education, employment, and veteran homelessness issues, I’ve come in contact with numerous organizations that assist veterans and their families. At the top of my list of organizations that are truly passionate in helping homeless veterans successfully reintegrate back into mainstream society, is U.S.VETS. I've always known them to be caring and professional, while providing quality programs and services to the homeless veteran community. I have built a relationship with the U.S.VETS Washington, DC, location, where several times I've referred homeless and at-risk veterans to that site. They always managed to assist those veterans with financial assistance and housing in a welcoming environment.

Additionally, I’m quite familiar with the circle of advocates for the homeless veteran community in DC, and often attend workshops and conferences – where I recognized that U.S.VETS staff are present – looking to learn, inform and network with other individuals, organizations and stakeholders, to better serve the homeless veteran community in the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area. As I’ve interacted and cultivated relationships with U.S.VETS leadership and their dedicated staff, I come to realize why there are the largest nonprofit of comprehensive services for homeless and at-risk veterans in the country. Quality leadership and client care is vitally important to the ultimate success of an organization – U.S.VETS has that in abundance. This is an organization that is respected nationwide, and one that is looked upon as a template for community service providers as how to effectively assist homeless veterans and their families. I’m proud to be associated with U.S.VETS. Keep up the excellent work.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a resident at U.S.VETS-St. Louis and I have been here for a little over two years. I have absolutely enjoyed my time here. The staff is more than friendly and more than willing to work through issues with everyone in order to resolve barriers to obtain independence. I would strongly recommend a veteran to the St. Louis site. Being here has helped me obtain a better perspective and become more self-efficient in everyday living. I am extremely grateful for the time I have spent here. Thank you current U.S.VETS-St. Louis staff for everything.

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