Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans are served by many community partners including the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), ECHO Housing Corporation, and Volunteers of America through programs targeted specifically toward homeless veterans.

Veterans are also served in general by community partners that include the Vanderburgh County Veteran Services, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and many, many community volunteers.

On June 6, 2015, the University of Evansville, in partnership with the VA, hosted a conference honoring Woman Veterans.

On November 21, 2015, the ECHO Housing Corporation hosted a Houses for Heroes fundraiser Saturday night at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum.  The organization had its first fundraiser last year, and after raising $50,000, they decided to make it an annual event.

A member of the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program says he estimates last year’s event gave around 30 veterans a place to live and a job to support themselves.

They hope this year’s event will increase that number.

The event had a 1940’s theme with a jazz band, followed by a Bob Hope impersonator.

It all boiled down to two organizations who just want to give back to help our nation’s heroes who are struggling to get back on their feet.

“They’ve all served our country and many of them have special needs, disabilities housing service needs, and we’re there for them,” said Executive Director Stephanie Tenbarge.