An article in The Washington Post details a new kind of partnership between affordable housing developers and the American Legion, a vets’ organization, to turn an old legion hall into 160 apartments, half reserved for homeless and at-risk military veterans. Says Deborah Burkart, of LISC/NEF’s Bring Them HOMES initiative, “this could be an example others follow”—under-used American Legion facilities across the country might provide a similar resource for creating safe and much-need homes for our ex-servicemen and women.
A poignant photography exhibit honors veterans whose lives have been touched by Bring Them HOMES, our housing initiative for homeless and at-risk former servicemen and women. All photos by Gus Powell/Courtesy Lee Marks Fine Art
Our commitment to helping house homeless and at-risk veterans won’t let up until there are no more ex-military men and women living on the streets. It’s hard work, especially in hot, high-cost markets. In honor of Veteran's Day, we're highlighting the creative solutions and partnerships that build supportive housing communities and make it possible for us reach our collective goal.
Darcel Roebuck, a veteran of 20 years in the Army, found a home and a job at Victory Place, a supportive housing campus for formerly homeless vets in Phoenix. Through the National Equity Fund and it's Bring them HOMES initiative, we have invested $610 million in equity to create housing for homeless veterans at Victory Place and across the country.
As the National Equity Fund (NEF) turns 30, LISC CEO Maurice Jones and NEF president Joe Hagan take the measure of all that has been accomplished thanks to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. That includes three million affordable homes since the credit was created in 1986, and 90 percent of all affordable housing being built today. Ensuring that more low-income people can keep a roof over their heads demands safeguarding—and refining—the tools that make affordable homes possible.