Transitioning unhoused Veterans and their families to housing in Washington, D.C.
With more than 38,000 Veterans currently unhoused and another 1.4 million considered at risk for homelessness, U.S.VETS is working to help our nation’s Veterans rebuild and thrive. U.S.VETS provides housing, mental health services, employment assistance, meals, and case management to transition military Veterans and their families out of homelessness successfully. They offer programs for Veterans through 32 sites across California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Because many of their staff are Veterans themselves, U.S.VETS brings an essential voice in program development and administration that enables them to meet the unique needs of each Veteran. The local leaders and stakeholders that make up its Veteran Council ensure programs for vulnerable Veterans are both effective and high-quality while always prioritizing military cultural sensitivity.
Similarly, as a top employer of Veterans and a trusted partner in improving Veteran services, Maximus is meeting Veteran needs through programs such as Veterans Evaluations Services (VES). Maximus and its employees also give back to the Veteran community through their ongoing support of the Maximus Foundation.
U.S.VETS faced challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from a lack of funding to increased costs and limited volunteer engagement. A grant from the Maximus Foundation provided additional funding that helped them overcome these obstacles and keep their programs operating, including maintaining residential clients’ health and providing 24/7 staffing at the residential site. As a result, 53 clients (83 percent) in their transitional housing program were placed into permanent housing, and 104 Veterans in its workforce development program secured employment.
Every year, U.S.VETS helps more than 20,000 Veterans facing challenges in their transition to civilian life. Here’s one of their many success stories:
Louis came to U.S.VETS’ transitional housing program with no income and at risk for homelessness. Prior to entering the program, he had been “couch surfing” for six months. Inspired by the support of his three children and a desire to get back on his feet, Louis sought to find a stable job and obtain permanent housing. But, despite his experience as a barber, he faced difficulties in finding a job and the path to long-term housing that comes with it.
One of the biggest obstacles to finding employment was simply not having the tools of his trade. U.S.VETS provided Louis with clippers and a grooming kit, which enabled him to gain full-time employment as a barber. A few months later, Louis was discharged to permanent housing and is giving back to the community by offering free haircuts to Veterans.
Learn more about U.S.VETS and its work in support of our Veterans.
Giving back to the communities we serve
The Maximus Foundation is one of the ways our employees are doing something greater together. Established by the Maximus Board of Directors in 2000, the Maximus Foundation is an independent, employee-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Employee donors pool their contributions together through the Foundation, increasing their collective impact on the communities in which we live and serve. Not only do employees double their impact through Maximus’ dollar-for-dollar matching pledge, but participating employees also make their voices heard by nominating and voting for future grantee partners. Learn more at maximus.com/foundation.