The Veteran Resources Initiative (VRI) in Colorado Springs, CO serves our homeless military veterans throughout the southern Colorado region. We are a 501(c) (3), an insured and licensed non-profit organization dedicated to assisting homeless veterans in securing permanent housing. Our primary goal is to fill the gaps that exist between services that are already serving veterans.
Our goal is to end veteran homelessness for good. We work with local government and national agencies to help secure permanent housing for our homeless military veterans.
Nationally, the goal is to end veteran homelessness by 2017. We at VRI strive to be a significant part of the national goal of ending homelessness for veterans by the end of 2017 – and eradicating this shameful situation forever.
Unlike many other charities, we are represented by seasoned military veterans, dependents and professionals who are aware of the needs of these veterans with a goal to end veteran’s homelessness by 2017. We will not stop until we meet our goal.
VRI exists to provide support services that other veteran programs do not such as providing rental application fees, deposits on apartments, utility payments, emergency dental care, furniture, household goods and automotive repairs. VRI also addresses the need for transportation services for homeless veterans and is considering gas vouchers and Bus passes.
Currently in the United States there are approximately 580,000 homeless individuals. Homeless veterans make up 9%, or 50,000, of that population. A Colorado Springs 2014 Point in Time survey revealed homeless numbers to include 200 veterans. Of these, 47 were living without basic shelter (on the street).
During Colorado Spring’s 2015 Stand Down, more than 200 homeless veterans were served. While Veteran Affairs and local agencies do their best to address the very urgent needs of homeless veterans, there is more to be done and wide gaps to fill.
Our goal is to work with existing organizations to identify and eradicate the shortfalls preventing our brave veterans from living in conditions far below what they deserve.
VRI was conceived and created by 24-year U.S. Army veteran, Hernando Peña. Following years of leading young soldiers, his life’s vocation now is to support veterans and their families in struggles they face here at home.
Our focus on the plight of the homeless veteran is based on our belief that it is inexcusable that so many of our brave men and women now struggle for the very basic dignity and safety of a home.
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