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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Operation Homefront (OH) mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect.

Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:

  • Relief
    • Critical Financial Assistance
    • Rent/mortgage assistance
    • Utilities
    • Food assistance
    • Major home repair
    • Car repair
    • Rent-free transitional housing
    • And more...
  • Resilience
    • Mortgage-free homes
    • Hearts of Valor caregiver program
    Recurring Family Support
    • Free backpacks and school supplies
    • Holiday Meals for Military
    • Homefront Celebrations for military spouses
    • Star-Spangled Baby Showers

Results: Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $20 million in Critical Financial Assistance, fulfilling over 35,000 requests from more than 14,000 military families across the U.S. We have housed nearly 500 families in transitional housing, providing 4,300 months of rent-free housing, saving them $4.7 million in rent and utilities. We have placed nearly 600 families in mortgage-free homes and provided over $48 million in deeded value to military families. We have helped more than 3,200 caregivers through 60 support groups across the country. We have distributed 250,000 backpacks, 70,000 holiday meals, served nearly 8,000 military spouses at Homefront Celebrations and support nearly 16,000 new and expectant military parents.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, we have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 10 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most.

Programs: Operation homefront assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery as they struggle with unforeseen budget challenges. The most common types of need are for rent/mortgage assistance, home repair, food and utilities. Transitional housing and permanent mortgage-free home programs help military families reduce debt and achieve greater stability for the future. Family support activities address the inherent challenges of military life through programs designed to sustain, uplift and transform.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Simone H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Combination of grass roots fervor and systematized, organized operation that is an exemplary steward of donor funds. Meeting the needs that, while not so sexy, support sustainable families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operation Homefront is by far one of the best charities serving military service members, wounded warriors and their families. Not only have they committed 94% of every dollar earned to programs benefiting military families, they have programs that truly make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

This is furthered by wonderful, dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors who often go above and beyond the call of duty in meeting the unique needs of those they serve. These people care and share a deep commitment to the military community to which they serve.

There’s a reason they have a top ratings; 4-Stars by Charity Navigator; •“A” Rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch; and •“A” Rating by the Better Business Bureau.

Hooray for Operation Homefront! ;

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the nonprofit human services arena, I know a lot about these types of organizations and am very impressed with this one. They provide amazing support to military families and am happy to be associated with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

This is an organization with a great mission, but a serious need to professionalize itself. Specific goals should be:

- Building stronger chapter relationships.
- High ethical standards among top levels in the organization.
- Better organization and project planning.
- More structured relationships with donors.
- More emphasis on cash versus in-kind contributions.

Review from CharityNavigator