Operation Homefront is excited to announce our newest housing program, Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration (THCR)!
Operation Homefront understands the many challenges veterans and their families face while transitioning from a military to civilian community. Our THCR program was designed as a gateway for stability so veteran families can remain strong, stable and secure in life outside of the military.
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Our THCR program serves veteran families who are within 12 months of discharge, served honorably, and are willing to work towards self-sufficiency by providing temporary rent-free housing, financial education, and support services.
Upon being selected for the program, families will be assigned a designated caseworker and financial counselor who will work with them to create realistic financial, educational, employment and personal goal plans. Families will gain knowledge on the home buying process, work to improve credit scores, pay off debt, accumulate emergency savings, and establish ties to the community they reside in.
While the program is technically “rent free”, families will be required to pay a monthly fee that will be refunded upon program graduation (2-3 years). Those funds can be used for a significant down payment on a home of their own or whatever they feel most beneficial for the needs of their family in the community they reside in.
Families are expected to have a strong connection to the community in which the home they apply for is located and a strong desire to remain in that community upon program graduation.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Honorably discharged veterans who are within 1-year of discharge. Veterans do not have to be injured or have a combat deployment to apply.
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?
The committee will consider several factors when selecting a family to include: working towards financial stability (savings, income, etc.), connection to the community where the home is located (family support, employment, educational opportunities, etc.), commendable military service, and family size.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
On average, it takes 90 days to select a family for our program. During that time, applicants may be contacted if documents or additional information is needed. Viable applicants will be presented to the selection committee. After a decision has been made, only the veteran matched will be contacted. We do not have the resources to contact every applicant that applies.
ARE THE HOMES RENT-FREE?
Families will be required to pay a monthly fee that will be reimbursed upon program graduation. Program fees will be determined by the financial counselor and likely range from $500-$800 per month. Families will be responsible for utility costs, a rehab fee, and a pet deposit (if applicable). Operation Homefront will provide lawn care, landscaping, and pest control.
WHERE ARE THE HOMES?
We are currently accepting applications for a home being built in Yorkville, IL. Please see details and apply below.
Chicago (Yorkville, IL)
The picture of the home shown is only a model of the homes in this area. The home will be built with pre-determined specifications. This beautiful single-family 2458 sq. ft. 2-story home boast an open design and functional layout. The home features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with a loft and a 2-car attached garage. This home is perfect for family life. There is an alcove space off the kitchen perfect for a desk that lets you step away from the kitchen island to help the kids with their homework or to sit and work on your family budget. Upstairs, there’s a large Owner’s Suite, as well as an oversized loft for coming together on game night. This community is the perfect combination of a peaceful setting with all the amenities you desire for an active and healthy lifestyle with an on-site clubhouse and bike path. Located in bustling Yorkville just 15 minutes from I-88 and a quick drive to major employers, shopping, dining and Naperville. You can also enjoy canoeing, cycling and hiking at nearby park district facilities or cool off at Raging Waves Waterpark just 10 minutes away. There are plenty of medical facilities nearby in Oswego and Aurora including Family Health and Wellness, Copley Memorial and Rush-Copley Medical Center, a 142-bed academic community hospital that offers a cancer center, heart institute, physical rehabilitation center and state-of-the-art fitness facility.
Ruskin (Tampa, FL) - This home has been matched.
The picture of the home shown is only a model of the homes in this area. The home will be built with pre-determined specifications. Beautiful 2162 sq. ft. 1-story home, features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This wonderfully versatile home has a flex room that can be used as a den or office. The kitchen features beautiful cabinetry and lots of counter space including an island, a great café area designed for families to enjoy their time together. The large living area has an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. The luxurious owner’s suite, great for relaxing and recharging your batteries comes with a large walk-in closet. The owner’s bathroom with a walk-in shower and dual vanity. This home is in a beautiful gated community with lots of amenities. Enjoy splashing in the community swimming pool, playing on the shaded playground, scoring goals on the community soccer field, and taking a family hike on the community walking trails. Ruskin, Florida is 31 minutes south of Tampa, FL. South Bay Hospital is located just 10 minutes away offering quick, convenient care when you need it most. St. Joseph Hospital is just a short drive away. Dine at nearby restaurants or venture to the beaches where you can sip drinks while you watch the sun set.
Stephens City (Winchester, VA) - This home has been matched.
The picture of the home shown is only a model of the homes in this area. The home will be built with pre-determined specifications. This gorgeous 1969+ sq. ft. 2-story home features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The main floor has open living spaces and a powder bath, convenient for guests. The 2nd floor houses the bedrooms, including a large owner’s suite with large walk-in closet and fabulous owner’s bathroom. The laundry room is located on the 2nd floor. Stephens City, Virginia is located 15 minutes south of Winchester, VA and 1.5 hours outside of Washington, DC. The community is in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and conveniently located within the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. It boasts scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River Valley. Easy access to commuting routes, you can be in the city for employment or school, in no time. Warren Memorial Hospital is just 20 miles away. Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine is just 12 miles away and Valley Health Urgent Care is 8.5 miles away.
Helotes (San Antonio, TX) - This home has been matched.
The picture of the home shown is only a model of the homes in this area.The home will be built with pre-determined specifications. The lovely 2-story 2029 sq. ft. home features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The design of this home blends tradition with innovative spaces. There is a bedroom with full bathroom on the main floor, the perfect Mother-in-law room. Enjoy the premier bonus room at the top of the stairs, perfect for family movie nights. Love to entertain? The central great room and adjacent formal dining room give families space to host large gatherings. The owner’s suite is spacious and has a large walk-in closet. The laundry room is conveniently located on the 2nd floor. The amenities include a community park with a playscape and walking trails. This community is within minutes of Canyon State Nature Area, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Shops at La Cantera, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital Westover Hills is less than 20 minutes from this home.