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 a home being built in Florida. 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.
Previously Matched Homes
To date, our Transitioning Homes for Community Reintegration program has placed families in homes in San Tan Valley (Phoenix, AZ), Ruskin (Tampa, FL), Yorkville (Chicago, IL), Stephens City (Winchester, VA), Katy (Houston, TX), and two homes in Helotes (San Antonio, TX).