Tommys House Apartments for Homeless Vets
Statistics also show that both young and elderly veterans are the demographic group more likely to fall into homelessness. Estimates cite that 40% of veterans who have survived and came back to the US are homeless, comprising a large portion of the male adult population who are homeless on a constant basis.
The 2014 Point-in-Time (PIT) count revealed that there were approximately 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States. For us at Tommys House, even one Veteran without safe and stable housing is one too many.
There are many reasons Veterans can become homeless, including poverty, lack of support from family or friends, substance use, or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen as a result of trauma they experience while serving.
Tommys House will be breaking ground on a 36 unit efficiency apartment building in Passaic County to serve Veterans in Passaic and Bergen Counties. Each unit will be provided to a qualifying homeless veteran at no cost, including utilities. The apartments are furnished and basic toiletries and sundries are provided.
Tommys House will also assist with referral services, to help set up treatment and/or follow up care. We have access to both state funded and private institutions in the mental health, substance abuse, and medical fields. Along with referral to treatment facilities we also help with referring to social services, food services, and the basic necessities for short-term stabilization back into society.
The name of each donor will be included on a Wall of Thanks in the Building. It is important for the veterans to see how many people have given in support of them. This is a critical step in their progress toward self-sufficiency, and to feeling the respect that they deserve.
Here at Tommy’s House we are the helping hand to pick up those who need help, back onto their feet.
Because everyone deserves a place to rest their head.