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Combatting Veteran Homelessness

Council Supports Collaborative Effort to Connect Veterans to Housing Resources in Columbus

Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano yesterday joined community partners and the Franklin County Veteran Service Commission to launch “Homes for Heroes”— a pilot resource fair that links veterans to housing providers in the Columbus region.

“It is essential that we have services and connectors in place to support our most vulnerable populations and especially those who have served our country,” said Stinziano. “Reliable, affordable housing encourages stability and better quality of life for Columbus residents.”

The Columbus region represents the second highest population of homeless individuals in the State of Ohio, with over 1,700 individuals tracked by care providers. 

The Homes for Heroes pilot fair aims to target local veterans, bring community providers and landlords together to educate consumers and remove barriers to access housing.

The pilot event, which was held at the Franklin County Veteran Service Commission in downtown Columbus, allowed over 50 veterans to utilize resources provided by Department of Housing & Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

The goal of the event was to secure and move-in as many veterans as possible into long-term housing by close of day.

“It is our responsibility as a community to support the men and women that have sacrificed for our country,” said Councilmember Mitchell Brown, chair of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. “Programs like Homes for Heroes provide hope and stability for those that deserve our gratitude and compassion.”

The pilot also featured partners from –Volunteers of America, Lutheran Social Services, The Columbus VA; Community Outreach programs including HUD VASH and HCHV; The Franklin County Veteran Service Commission; The Furniture Bank; The Breathing Association; The Community Shelter Board and several community landlords.

“Partners, community leaders and landlords all need to be at the table to address veteran’s homelessness. I appreciate the work done so far, and look forward to Council continuing to support the efforts of the Homes for Heroes pilot,” said Stinziano.

Homes for Heroes plans to evaluate the results of the pilot and hold future housing resource fairs to address veteran homelessness in Columbus and Central Ohio.