Thank you for reaching out to Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Services. As part of our focus on housing and preventing homelessness, and recognizing the unique challenges that female veterans face, we connect female veterans to potential sources of emergency financial assistance to assist with expenses associated with housing and employment.
We believe that the best resources for finding solutions to the challenges that veterans and their families face are found in their local communities. We will work actively with you to connect you to those resources. Once we have exhausted all other means of support, we will consider you for a one-time grant of direct financial assistance if you are at imminent risk of homelessness or lack of employment.
Please be aware that even though you apply, we may only be able to assist with referrals and not grants.
Does the female veteran have to be living, or can it just be family members of a female veteran?
The female veteran must be living and must be the one to apply. The program is available to assist with expenses of the female veteran herself, the female veteran’s spouse, the caregiver of a female veterans, of the veteran’s child(ren).
What documentation do you need to process an application?
In order for the application packet to be processed, we will need the completely filled out application that you can download from this website as well as a copy of the female veteran’s DD214/DD215. As you move through the program, other items may be requested, such as a copy of the actual bill(s) or invoice(s) that you would like us to consider; a W-9 from the organization you are requesting assistance with; bank statements; credit card statements; and, if rent- or mortgage-related, a lease or mortgage agreement. These items may be necessary to proceed through the program, so upon hearing from Dixon Center, you may want to begin gathering them.
How quickly will we know if our application has been approved?
We will review your application within 5 business days and will get back in touch with you within that time-frame to determine if you qualify for the program. The resolution to your situation, be it through referrals or direct financial assistance, will take longer, but please be assured that you will at least hear from us within 5 business days.
How should we submit our application?
Please do not send cell phone photos of applications as they are hard to read. We do not have a fax machine. If you do not have a scanner at home or at work, we suggest checking your local library or other business that provides these services.
What can I apply for assistance with?
We have very limited funding so we have very specific criteria for what we can provide grants for. Below are examples of things we can fund.
Food (no alcohol, no tobacco or nicotine products)
Housing (mortgage, rent, or security deposit) if you do not qualify for SSVF (Supportive Services for Veterans Families)
Work-related Clothing (i.e. uniforms)
Gas or Insurance for Vehicle
Vehicle Repair to Support Employment
Training/Classes Required for Certification for Employment
If unemployed, the female veteran must actively be seeking employment and not solely relying on grants and funds from organizations to survive.
How much assistance am I allowed to ask for?
A request for funds will be considered on a case by case basis as we understand each situation is unique. Whether at our organization or a referral organization, funds are limited, so please only ask for what you absolutely need immediate assistance with.
PLEASE NOTE: Use of funds for alcohol, tobacco, nicotine products, and/or cable TV is prohibited.
How do you assist with groceries, gas, and infant supplies?
If you are approved for direct financial assistance, a gift card or voucher will be issued for items such as food or gas. For infant supplies, you may be asked for the closest national retail store (i.e., Walmart or Target) so that we can order the items online and have them shipped to you.
How often can I apply for assistance?
We hope that you only need to apply for assistance once. However, we are happy to assist with referrals if trouble should arise again. Direct financial assistance is considered a one-time grant, and you will not be eligible for funds from us again. We will however see if we can find someone else who can assist you.
If you have any additional questions about the application process, or have concerns about the program please contact Sara Heidenheimer at:
If you are calling, please leave a complete message with any questions you may have. Response times will be quicker via email.