STWS - Who, What, Why & When
What: Project Home’s Serving Those Who Served Program is a focused initiative to make health and safety related home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency improvements to the homes of low-to-moderate income veterans and their families. These projects are free of charge and are an important reinvestment in our community and our service men and women.
For Who: Honorably discharged Military Veterans who:
- Own their homes
- Are at or below 80% of their County Median Income
- Live in Dane or Green County, WI
Why: With over 16,000 Wisconsin Veterans unemployed and 58,000 disabled (statistics from www.heat4heroes.org), there is a clear need in our state and our community for this program. By making veterans homes’ more accessible, comfortable and affordable, we can improve their quality of life, keep them in their homes and begin to repay them for their sacrifice.
When: The program launched in July 2016! Our goal is to raise enough funding to help 20 Veterans and their families during the first 12 months (July 2016-June 2017).
What We Have: The skills, experience, equipment, training and ability to redirect our resources:
- Project Home staff has done thousands of health and safety home improvement projects during the past 45 years.
- Our agency has weatherized over 20,000 homes since 1982
- We have served 53 Veterans since 2014 (through other programs) – with STWS, we are expanding our efforts and assisting more area Veterans in need.
What We Need: Financial support -- (make an investment in an established, trusted non-profit and work with us to serve more veterans in and around Madison, WI).
The Impact: For every $10,000 - $15,000 raised, we can help another military veteran and his or her family. Some projects will be a ramp and internal accessibility modifications, others will encompass health and safety repairs and some will consist of cost-effective energy saving upgrades to make a family’s home more comfortable and save them money on their energy bills.