“WVI helped with my rent, electric bill, car payment, cell phone bill and money so I could get my prescriptions and gas! If it wasn’t for Ginger and WVI and all the help they gave to me, to help me get back on track I would be homeless with three children. I would still be my mental medication doing God knows what to try to survive.
God works in mysterious ways and he sent me Ginger Miller and WVI, and for that I am forever in their debt. I just hope one day I can return the favor.” – Melissa Carey

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OSNlogoOperation Safety Net (OSN) is a unique program that provides emergency funding for women veterans who are homeless and at risk of being homeless.
Emergency funds are combined with our financial literacy program to ensure that women veterans don’t find themselves in financial hardship again. OSN makes a huge impact on combating homelessness among women veterans on a national level. Money distributed can be used to help the veteran remain in safe and suitable housing by stopping the eviction process, funding can also be used for paying first month rent and security deposits as well as rental and utility payments. In extreme cases funds can be used to provide food for women veterans and their children. Your support for this program is crucial! Join Forces with Women Veterans Interactive and make a donation today to support Operation Safety Net.

Since inception in 2013 Operation Safety Net has supported over 25 families:

  • Stopped 20 evictions
  • Sponsored more than 450 warm nights
  • Prevented 5 Utility Disconnections
  • Provided food for 10 families

The number of homeless female veterans has more than doubled, from 1,380 to 3,328, between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2010, according to a December U.S. Government Accountability Office report that found many with young children and nearly two-thirds between ages 40 and 59.

Nationally there is not nearly enough housing for women veterans and their children, who are homeless and at risk of being homeless.  Female veterans make up about 8 percent of all veterans, or about 1.8 million, compared with just 4 percent in 1990.

A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general examining veteran housing that receives VA grants found bedrooms and bathrooms without locks, poorly lit hallways and women housed in facilities approved for men only.

  • Nearly a third of the 26 facilities reviewed didn’t have adequate safety precautions. One female veteran and her 18-month-old son were placed in the same facility as a male veteran who was a registered sex offender.
  • Female service members, who in wars with increasingly blurred front lines return with post-traumatic stress disorder, face unique challenges, advocates say. Many have suffered sexual assault and remain too traumatized to share common space with men.
  • Many are single mothers struggling to find housing for themselves and their children.
  • They’re also more likely to be jobless- Unemployment for female veterans who’ve served since September 2001 was 12.4 percent last year, slightly higher than for their male counterparts.

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