After hearing Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett‘s call for more Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless veterans, HVAF took action.
After repurposing eight of HVAF’s housing properties, The Indianapolis Housing Agency awarded the organization with vouchers in order to make the properties permanent homes for veterans and their families.
Last week, the first veteran moved into one of HVAF’s permanent housing units : Valerie Morris – along with her daughter, Adreanna, and two grandkids: Jeremiah and Jóel. In addition to a permanent home, Valerie and her family will still receive case management and rental assistance from HVAF.
Because Valerie is on disability and Adreanna has a high-risk pregnancy, they needed assistance with finding a home.
“I’m happy … we’ve been homeless for about four months,” Valerie said. “I’m so thankful and blessed.”
Now, they live in a 3-bedroom apartment – complete with a kitchen, living room, and dining room!
William Najera, HVAF Property Manager, is in charge of the permanent supportive housing units. He helps veterans apply for housing, and then monitors the process of Indiana Housing Authority screening the applicants.
“I’m just happy we were able to help (Valerie) and her family,” William said. “The process was great. She was really sweet.”
Formerly a housing specialist for HVAF, William now loves being the Property Manager as it is a new role for the organization.
“I love working for HVAF – it’s a great agency,” William said. “I’m happy to get the Property Manager position started for HVAF.”