WHO WE ARE
VAlanthropy (philanthropy for Veterans), works to help relieve veteran homelessness by increasing the inventory of permanent veteran housing. Our model creates all-veteran apartment communities that are desirable and affordable and place veterans in sustainable, permanent living situations.

Our soldiers sacrificed it all while serving to protect our nation’s freedom. Sadly, men and women who proudly served our country in the military returned to find themselves without a home or are vulnerable to losing the home they had. Unfortunately, our country has turned a deaf ear to their cry for help.

The desire to help homeless veterans is well recognized, but solutions for permanent veteran housing are not. Veterans who navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) system can recover from homelessness but need our assistance.

Funding for emergency and transitional housing is available, but a crisis for permanent housing exists.

  • Emergency housing gets veterans immediate assistance.
    • A minimal accommodations group setting
    • Waiting to establish veteran’s access to VA benefit entitlements
    • A dedicated caseworker manages veteran services
  • Transitional housing prepares vets to live independently
    •  Utilize the skills and knowledge attained through the VA
    • Caseworker remains involved
  • Permanent housing is independent living long term
    • Caseworker remains involved
  • Issues with the available permanent structures 
    • High rental prices
    • Vouchers do not cover the rental shortfall
    • Lack of suitable housing
    • Often, the vet is placed in the only accommodation available that is neither safe nor appropriate to sustain the progress already achieved.
    • Without a permanent housing solution, homelessness is likely.

On the battlefield, servicemembers never left another behind. We cannot leave our veterans behind in this desperate housing crisis.

Solution

VAlanthropy (philanthropy for Veterans), with resources from the VA, local housing authority, and the generous help of our donor partners, businesses, Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), and foundations, will work to help relieve some veteran homelessness by increasing the inventory of permanent veteran housing. We will purchase, develop, construct, manage and own stable, safe, affordable homes and apartment communities in which veterans will be proud to live.

Phase one is underway. Our directors, who receive no compensation, purchased our first two-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home near the Dorn VA Medical Center. In February, a female veteran with two children will occupy the first of what we hope will be many more such homes. Our phase one goal is to continue to buy or build 1–3-bedroom homes.

Phase two, The Hidden Wounds Project will build twelve sustainable, high-quality one-bedroom apartments for homeless veterans in Sumter County, South Carolina.

Along with the apartments, the Hidden Wounds Project will provide supportive services, such as case management, counseling, community engagement, and job training, to name a few. We will be located near the Veterans Administration (VA) clinic, which will allow us to transport the veterans to and from medical and supportive services provided by the VA.

These essential components keep the veterans on track to overcome the emotional and physical trauma that brings them to the point of homelessness while living independently in security and safety.

 

Phase three expands our program to other locations based on the need in those areas with high homeless veteran populations.

VAlanthropy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that does not pay state or federal taxes, 100% of donations are used to fund the program and are tax-exempt. Therefore, we can provide a safe, permanent, stable environment and keep rents low.

About Us

We have formed a nonprofit charity to help provide permanent housing for homeless veterans, veteran women with children, veteran families, and those veterans facing evictions and homelessness.

Project

VAlanthrophy’s goal, with your help, is to raise funds to develop and build a 12-unit, permanently affordable pilot apartment complex for Veterans.

Case Studies

Learn about veterans who have used similar programs around the country to get help.

Resources

There are many ways to recieve help. Go to our resources page to find services that could help you.

Donate

We need your financial support to help give deserving veterans a permanently affordable, desirable place to live and keep them from returning to the streets.

Tom Lash
P.O. Box 5230,
Columbia, SC 29205
214.244.3879
tom@valanthropy.org

Fred Altman
P.O. Box 5230,
Columbia, SC 29205
803.414.4352
fred@valanthropy.org

Ben Marich
P.O. Box 5230,
Columbia, SC 29205
941.928.5913
ben@valanthropy.org

Thank you to our Advisors for their incredible help and support!

Bee Young