For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of homeless veterans has increased in the United States. The VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have made considerable gains in the last several years. But there are still veterans living on the streets and additional resources and solutions are critical.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 10% being female. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans.
America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone. Meanwhile, an estimated 1.4 million other veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
In 2017, Dixon Center began a formal partnership with Soldier On, supporting this dire need. Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization who has been committed to ending veteran homelessness since 1994. Not only do they provide homeless veterans with transitional housing, they also provide supportive services.
Soldier On reaches more than 25,000 veterans annually through its 125 outreach coordinators. Unfortunately, because of Veterans Administration rules and regulations, Soldier On can only assist 9,000 veterans. Another 16,000 are at risk of becoming homeless even though they are not there yet. This is where Dixon Center and Soldier On come together.
Working together we can ensure every veteran has access to case management, medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and peer support through a network of community-based programs and services. Dixon Center’s partnership with Soldier On allows for expanded services and support.
The Sea of Goodwill is alive and well. It is an attitude across our nation where the American people are concerned and interested in assisting our veterans and their families. It is part of our national DNA. The American people want to help but sometimes they’re just not sure how.
This is where Dixon Center comes in. Dixon Center is a “go to” resource for thousands of organizations, communities and like-minded individuals that want to assist veterans and their families reach their potential and participate fully in their communities. Given our ongoing endeavors visiting and working with hundreds of communities, meeting with tens of thousands of veterans and their families, as well as assisting thousands of organizations - Dixon Center understands the grassroots, community-based solutions that are working, and those that are not.
As a thought leader, Dixon Center is a trusted source of information, motivation, inspiration. We inspire people with innovative ideas, turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate practical solution success. Over time, we have created a dedicated group of friends, fans, and followers. We help them replicate and scale their ideas into sustainable change - not just in one company but in an industry, niche, or across an entire ecosystem.
Over the past several years, our national network of community-based organizations and programs has expanded to include a myriad support organizations and agencies - governmental, non-governmental, benevolent, faith-based, community, business, healthcare providers, and higher education. We have assisted thousands of service providers. With our expertise we assist organizations as they innovate, transform, and expand services. These programs include organizations like Hope for the Warriors, Veterans4Warriors, Soldier On, Justice for Vets, Bunker Labs, VeteransPlus, Easterseals, the USO – Pathfinder, the Cohen Veterans Network, and scores of others that are successfully impacting those who have served, as well as their families.
Civic organizations - like the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Utility Workers Union of America, International Elevator Constructors Union, Pipefitters, University and College systems, the Texas Veterans Commission, and many others - rely on Dixon Center’s unique positioning as a cultural and economic bellwether in the veteran and military families space.
Dixon Center is providing advice and assistance to hundreds of national, state, and local professional associations like the Society for Human Resource Management, APICS Supply Chain Management, Building Trades Association, Osteopathic Associations, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and others. Our information and influence are fostering, strengthening, and expanding their reach and support.
Dixon Center is also assisting corporations and businesses across the nation. Our trusted advice and counsel are providing unique solutions to find and focus on veterans and their families. Dixon Center has worked with thousands of organizations who want to connect solutions and tools to veterans and military families in education, employment, wellness, and housing. These organizations span all industries including: aerospace, agriculture, communications, construction, education, defense, energy, financial services, health care, hospitality, information, manufacturing, mass media, transport, and the water industry.
Created from an idea originating in the Pentagon, the leadership of Dixon Center is a trusted advisor to current and former senior government officials in the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Housing and Urban Development - as well as the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of our government. Given that Dixon Center is acting as a recognized and visible network and voice for military and veteran’s services, we create opportunities while advocating on behalf of our veterans and their families.
Dixon Center’s thought leadership has been providing an unmatched resource and support network for over one million veterans and military families since 2010.
One of the most critical periods for military service members is the reintegration period from active service to veteran status. The transitioned service members and their families are confronted with difficulties in finding meaningful employment that values their experience and offers stability in one of the most challenging periods they will face.
Our unique partnership with the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP), the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP), U.S. Army Soldier for Life, and ABF Freight assists in eliminating major barriers in transition and aims to ultimately increase quality of life for veterans and their families. The TMAP/UMAP programs provide thousands of veterans and their families access to employment training and credentialing, as well as information regarding community resources. To date this program has provided training to almost 2,500 service members, veterans, and family members with an employment success rate of 98%.
This program assists transitioning service members into employment by introducing and/or enhancing the hiring and training programs on military installations throughout the country. In doing so, it provides members of the armed forces the opportunity to receive training at a convenient location (on base), prior to departing the military, with guaranteed employment upon leaving the service. This approach contributes to a pathway of better overall health and wellness, employment opportunities, and financial stability.