“Dixon Center’s passion for making the lives of veterans and their families better results in real, life changing actions.”
Michele Gilmer, Pre-9/11 Army Veteran
There are not many factors more important to veteran’s long-term success than being able to call some place their home. A home provides a connection to the community, a sense of stability, and the promise of a strong future for veterans and their families. But for the roughly 185,000 veterans who transition from the military to the civilian world each year, navigating the ins and outs of the housing market and finding affordable housing can be overwhelming. The number of details a consumer is faced with can be confounding even for civilians experienced in the intricacies of buying or renting a home.
These complexities are just one reason why nearly 40,000 veterans are homeless. The majority are male, single, living in urban areas, and suffering from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Meanwhile, an additional 1.5 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
Dixon Center envisions all-embracing change for veterans—through work, wellness, and ultimately the chance to live with hope. Dixon Center works with local and national partners to prevent veterans from becoming homeless or provide affordable housing solutions. What’s more, our network of partners strives to address the housing crisis by creating a community of support. These include support for food security, safe housing, public health, and crisis relief. With this national network, we are giving veterans an opportunity—not just to survive, but to thrive.