HVAF BLOG

Check out our latest stories, events, and the best part of the job: our success stories.

 
September 13, 2022

Message from the CEO: Let’s celebrate Recovery Month

Governor Eric Holcomb recently joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to declare September to be Recovery Month in Indiana. This national observance held every September since 1989 helps increase awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. HVAF is pleased to join […]
September 9, 2022

142 veterans attend HVAF’s 17th annual Stand Down

We are excited to say that our 17th annual Stand Down event was a success! There were 58 vendors providing clothing, hygiene items, haircuts, and other important resources to 142 veterans in Indianapolis. WFYI & WRTV also came out to cover the event, interview the […]
August 30, 2022

Engaging with Andrea: Pies, Parades, & Presentations!

This year, the VFW Auxiliaries of Indiana were so kind to select HVAF as their charity of choice for their state project! This means all funds raised this year will go to us in one amazing check presentation next June! The VFWs create exciting ways […]
August 29, 2022

HVAF providing a fresh start for Marine Corps veteran Brianca

Starting over After living in Texas for a few years, Marine Corps veteran Brianca moved back to her home state of Indiana. She had to start over but needed help with how to move forward. That’s where HVAF came in. Housing First Following the housing […]
August 9, 2022

Message from the CEO: Celebrating 2022 PIT Count results!

On August 2, HVAF was pleased to announce the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in our community declined by 35% according to the 2022 Point In Time count. You can catch up here if you missed that announcement. I wanted to take a moment to […]
August 9, 2022

HVAF’s Permanent Supportive Housing is helping Darren achieve recovery & reunite with his family

HVAF helping “tremendously” In 2017, when Marine Corps veteran Darren went through a divorce, he had nowhere to go. “When I found out that veterans can receive help through word of mouth from other veterans, I decided to go check it out,” Darren said. “From […]
August 2, 2022

Veteran homelessness in Indianapolis down 35 percent!

The Point In Time (PIT) Count results are out, and it shows veteran homelessness in Marion County decreased by 35 percent. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness declined from 257 in 2021 to 167 in 2022.   The PIT Count – required by the U.S. […]
August 1, 2022

HVAF’s Workforce Development hosts its first hiring event since COVID

HVAF’s Employment Team loved the opportunity to partner with Indiana Department of Workforce Development & Indiana Veterans Affairs to host a job fair for veterans. Watch below to find out more about the event and why it’s so important veterans have these career opportunities: You […]
August 1, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Maintenance Foreman James

Meet HVAF Maintenance Foreman James. Every day, James and the team he leads fix any issues happening at one of our 17 properties. James has worked for HVAF for many years, and loves the chance to serve Indy’s veterans on a daily basis! We got […]
July 26, 2022

Engaging with Andrea: A Summer Celebration

It began with April’s vision, our Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager. She envisioned our veteran families further interacting, bonding, and building comradery. The first event was at Easter, with a bunny hiding eggs among the trees at Brookside Park.  The families casually interacted, and the […]
July 22, 2022

HVAF’s case manager helping ‘immensely’ with Marine Corps veteran

Earlier this year, Marine Corps veteran Jason found himself homeless. “I was homeless on the street,” Jason said. “I needed some help.” When he heard about HVAF through word of mouth, he decided to reach out. Thankfully, HVAF’s Property Manager, Will, had an opening unit […]
July 13, 2022

Message from the CEO: HVAF serves ALL veterans – including the National Guard

Did you know that Indiana is home to over 14,000 Indiana National Guard members, as well as thousands of other reservists? Dating back to the Civil War, Hoosiers have always answered the call of duty, serving selflessly in our nation’s military—and that continues today! Since […]
July 12, 2022

Engaging with Andrea: Veterans Villa Victories

Andrea Carlile is HVAF’s Community Engagement Coordinator – where she spends most of her time out of the office and all over Indiana, meeting and spending time with HVAF’s supporters. She always comes back with some touching stories, and she would like to share this […]
July 12, 2022

How HVAF & Bob Woodruff Foundation helped provide necessary tools for Coray’s career

After the Army After serving in the Army for three years, Coray decided to take advantage of the G.I. Bill and attend aviation school. Coray earned his Associate’s Degree at American Trans Air Aviation Training Academy, and has worked as an airplane mechanic at AAR […]
June 30, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: IT Coordinator Dewayne

HVAF’s IT Coordinator, and Army veteran, Dewayne has been on Team HVAF for 2.5 years. He plays a critical role in not just the employees’ lives, but his fellow veterans’ lives as well. Learn more about Dewayne, and how he serves HVAF and its veterans […]