Environmental Wellness

Community Living: Dixon Center teamed up with Freddie Mac in a business-to-business relationship to help veterans, from all generations with disabilities better manage their finances and find housing options in their communities. Dixon Center created a collaborative of local organizations in Atlanta, Orlando and New Brunswick/Sayreville, NJ, who worked with Freddie Mac to provide credit repair and housing counseling and workshops to local veterans, caregivers and their families.

Community Action: Funded by The Farmer Family Foundation and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Dixon Center provided the leadership to create and support a Cincinnati Collective Impact Initiative. Creating a partnership with leaders from military, business, education, non-profit and healthcare arenas, we mapped out critical services for area veterans, military service members, military families and the families of the fallen. The community-wide initiative worked to identify existing programs and support services, as well as determine any gaps, especially in the areas of employment. Specifically, the group of more than 75 organizations addressed the critical services needed to support veterans on their path to obtaining and sustaining a job, including education, housing, health, wellness and mental health programs, and family resources.

Advocacy: Dixon Center has testified before the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs at an oversight hearing entitled “A Review of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).” To create welcoming communities, Dixon Center shared the best use of resources and community support to aid transitioning service members during their reintegration into civilian life. Dixon Center highlighted the needs of military families, veterans and the families of the fallen and advocated for community-based solutions in its support of legislation passed by the Congress.

Fair Housing Initiatives Project: Dixon Center, in coordination with a leading provider of financial counseling and education services and three non-profit organizations working together on a Fair Housing Initiatives Program, Education and Outreach Initiative – General Component grant. This grant expanded community education outreach on the rights and guarantees of the Fair Housing Act to individuals who will be made aware of illegal acts affecting themselves or others in their community, because of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability, and the rights available to them. This collaborative placed special emphasis on serving those veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.