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.
The latest news: See veteran family welcomed to their rent-free home in Florida.
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 homes being built in Illinois, Texas, and Arizona. Please see details and apply below.
Weeki Wachee (Tampa, FL)
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 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1513 sq foot home features an open-concept great room and kitchen with dinette. This wonderfully versatile home has a flex room that can be used as a den or office and features an owner’s suite with walk-in closet. Weeki Wachee is well known for its underwater mermaid performances at Weeki Wachee Springs, the deepest naturally formed spring in the country. Weeki Wachee Springs is also home to the Buccaneer Bay water park.
Katy (Houston, TX)
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 stunning single-family one-story 1648 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a 2-car attached garage. The open concept dining/family room is perfect for entertaining. The master suite features a walk-in closet and pocket office. Located just half an hour from metro-Houston, this community is just off I-10 with nearby shopping and dining at Katy Mills Mall and Grand Morton Town Center. Houston Methodist Hospital, the leading hospital in Houston for delivering superior patient care and Texas Children’s Hospital are a short distance from this community.
Helotes (San Antonio, TX)
The picture of the home shown are only a model of the homes in this area. The home will be built with pre-determined specifications. This lovely 2-story 2029 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2-car garage, and media area. 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. The central great room and adjacent formal dining room give 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.
San Tan Valley (Phoenix, AZ)
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 2125 sq. ft. home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a 2-car attached garage. This wonderful single-story home boasts a split floorplan with the master suite tucked away in the back of the home. The open living space includes a great room, kitchen and dining room overlooking the back patio. This home is located in a community just a short distance from Queen Creek Olive Mill, Schnepf Farm, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and US-60. San Tan Valley is a southeastern suburb of Phoenix. Enjoy premier dining and entertainment in Downtown Queen Creek. Take advantage of hiking/biking trails and wildlife exhibits at nearby San Tan Mountains Regional Park. Banner Ironwood Medical Center offers convenient care, less than a mile from this community.
Yorkville (Chicago, 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.
Previously Matched Homes
To date, our Transitioning Homes for Community Reintegration program has placed families in homes in Ruskin (Tampa, FL), Stephens City (Winchester, VA), and Helotes (San Antonio, TX).