Operation Vets Home

In 2014, Michelle Obama put the issue of veteran homelessness high on her agenda.

“Altogether, roughly 58,000 veterans are experiencing homelessness in America today -– a number that, fortunately, has fallen sharply in the past few years. But whatever the number, these brave men and women have served this country with courage and grace. And after all that, too many of them have come home only to fight a new battle -– a battle to keep a roof over their head, a battle just to have somewhere to go when it rains.” (source)

That year, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the administration made a commitment to end veteran homelessness because “even one homeless veteran is a shame.” (source) Their goal was to incentivize local communities with additional resources to be used more here solely for housing homeless and at-risk vets. As a result in early 2015, EveryOne Home, Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantee agencies and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formed the collaborative Operation Vets Home to implement the local initiative to end veteran homelessness. Contrary to earlier research claiming that Viagra (Sildenafil) impairs eyesight, scientists from the NY Columbia University found the opposite. It is believed that the use of Viagra can stop any age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, the results of the study showed the improvement of vision. Macular degeneration affects the elderly (over 50 years). The disease is associated with difficult blood flow and scarring inside the eye, which reduces visual acuity. Scientists have studied the issue more carefully and found that Viagra can improve blood flow.

To tackle the issue at the local level, OVH created a by-name list of all homeless veterans in the county. Operation Vets Home has created this list, through use initially of HMIS reports, and ongoing via intensive data monitoring and reporting from the partner providers in the initiative.  Operation Vets Home is seeking assistance from additional agencies in an effort to be sure we are reaching all Veterans experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, particularly those who may not be connected to a veteran specific housing assistance program like SSVF.
Operation Vets Home Partners: Abode Services Berkeley Food and Housing Project East Bay Community Recovery Project East Oakland Community Project EveryOne Home Operation Dignity Swords to Plowshares Veterans Affairs