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Homes For Heroes Foundation

NOT ALL HEROES HAVE HOMES
The Homes For Heroes Foundation was developed in response to the growing number of military veterans who are facing crisis as they return to civilian life and find themselves on the path to homelessness.

Our Story

Why We Exist

Up to 5,000 veterans are homeless and living on the streets in Canada. These veterans put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and now they need, and deserve, our support.

We know that far too many veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces are struggling in their effort to leave the Forces and return to civilian life – and many will find themselves on a long and difficult pathway to homelessness. It is our vision that all veterans progress toward a secure and self-sufficient life through access to housing and a robust support system.

Our Impact

What We Do

What We Do

Our mission is to provide a caring, innovative and comprehensive solution to homelessness among our veterans.

We are doing so by:

  • Building unique, and affordable urban housing villages for veterans in major cities across Canada where they will be able to successfully transition back into civilian life
  • Providing the resources, services and training they will need to achieve the goal of living independently in the long term

Our Veteran’s Villages will provide between 5,000 to 9,000 bed-nights per year for homeless veterans.

Our Programs

How We Do It

OUR VETERANS VILLAGES

Calgary, Alberta: 908 ATCO Village opened on November 1, 2019 and is now home to 15 formerly homeless veterans as they transition back into mainstream society.

Each of the fifteen (15) homes built by our partner ATCO have a footprint of 275 square feet and are fully supplied with all the features of a larger home, including:

  • a small, but functional, kitchen includes a fridge, oven, sink, built-in storage, a breakfast bar and a workstation.
  • a three-piece bathroom featuring a shower/tub, toilet, sink and additional storage.
  • a living area that includes a dual function sofa / Murphy Bed and storage.
  • basic cable and Wi-Fi.  Shaw has donated a cell phone and laptop computer for each resident.

Edmonton, Alberta: The ATCO Evansdale Homes For Heroes Village is currently in the pre-planning stages with the City of Edmonton.

This Village will have 20 homes will be similar but with a footprint under 300 square feet including a separate bedroom.

Across Canada:

If we are to end homelessness among Canada’s veterans we will need to build two or more villages in every major city across the country.  We are currently working on securing sites for villages in Halifax, Kingston, Hamilton, London, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.

Together we can end homelessness among Canada’s veterans.

 

Our Process: At Homes For Heroes we endorse the concepts of “Housing First” and “Harm Reduction” providing wrap-around service delivery through a team-based, collaborative case management approach.  We partner with local social agencies who sponsor veterans into the Homes For Heroes program and then offer the structured, yet nurturing environment, required to ensure positive emotional, psychological, and physical development for our veterans.

  1. Needs Analysis: Together with Veterans Affairs Canada, our team of service providers implement specialized social, physical, emotional and employment support to transition veterans-in-need back into their communities. As veterans are recommended into the village, the team meets with each individual to prepare a detailed needs analysis and define a program to best serve the prospective resident.
  2. Case Manager Assignment: Once a candidate has been verified, a Case Manager is assigned to each veteran by Veterans Affairs Canada. When a veteran in the program needs specific supports such as financial advice, mental health counselling, addictions recovery, or family reintegration, an individualized service plan will be developed. Case managers are assigned with: Creating treatment plans, identifying employment opportunities, helping the veteran to become independent
  3. Reintegration: Residency in the village will be transitional, with the goal of having each veteran leave the village and re-enter mainstream society employed, stable and self-sufficient.  Once they have left our village, our “graduates” will be asked to return to mentor the veteran who has taken their place.

Our Partners:

  • Click here for a list of our social services partners
  • Click here for a list of our building partners

 

Our Requests

What You Can Do

Your gift to Homes For Heroes will enable us to continue to build, equip and operate more tiny home villages for veterans across Canada. Each village will provide 5,000 to 9,000 bed-nights per year for veterans experiencing homelessness. With your support, veterans who are in crisis will have the breathing space they need to embark on the path to stability and self-sufficiency.

Donate HERE.

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Contact

Cameron Diggon

Director of Fund Development

(403) 850-2746

Charitable Number: 727544892RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

$335,000

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