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NATIONAL VETERANS HOMELESS SUPPORT INC

Rescuing Veterans Lost in America

aka NVHS   |   Cocoa, FL   |  https://nvhs.org

Mission

Eliminate Homelessness Among Veterans in Central Florida. Primary areas of operation are all of Brevard County, with limited outreach in adjacent counties such as: East Orange County, North Indian River County, East Seminole County, and South Volusia County.

Ruling year info

2009

President/Chairman

Mr. George Taylor Jr.

Main address

1436 W King St

Cocoa, FL 32922 USA

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EIN

35-2330290

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to Bi-Annual Department of Housing and Urban Development Point in Time Counts, there are approximately 300 homeless veterans and their dependents living in Brevard County, Florida. Additionally according to the US Census Bureau, 4,400 veterans in Brevard County earn poverty level income, making them particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless. We aim to get homeless veterans off of the streets and into homes, and keep the at-risk veterans in their homes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue is a two pronged outreach program: Street Outreach for unsheltered homeless veterans and their dependents, referral driven outreach for at-risk of losing their home veterans and their families. For unsheltered clients our volunteers go out in to the streets and forests of our community to locate them, provide basic needs (food, outdoor gear, etc…) to build rapport and help them address the immediate needs of homelessness, and then connect them with the VA, housing agencies, and benefits application specialists in order to get them housed rapidly and self-sustaining. For at-risk clients we review their financial situation, try to source funding to help them from agencies with grant funding, however if the time to get the grant funding exceeds the time they need to stay in the home, we provide the financial assistance. In 2022, 398 homeless and at-risk of being homeless veterans and their dependents were provided services through this program.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Extremely poor people
Homeless people
Low-income people
Working poor

Supportive services housing program that provides transitional housing to formerly homeless veterans and their dependents with the primary purpose being helping the clients achieve self-sufficiency and sustainability. The program currently has a maximum capacity of 17 beds located in 4 properties throughout Brevard County. In 2022, 27 clients were provided assistance through the program.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Homeless people
Extremely poor people
Low-income people
Working poor

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of Brevard Partner Agency 2011

Brevard Homeless Coalition Member Agency 2010

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The ultimate goal of NVHS is to eliminate homelessness among veterans in Central Florida. We plan to accomplish this by reconnecting homeless veterans to their community through adaptive street-level outreach and comprehensive collaboration.

Our primary purpose is to assist homeless veterans get into housing and keep housed at-risk veterans in their houses so they do not become homeless. To do this we conduct street level outreach in our community to find the homeless, provide them with basic needs to build rapport and address their most immediate issues (i.e survival), and then work with them to get them into housing and into the VA healthcare system to improve their health and often, secure financial benefits for disabilities they have which helps support them for the rest of their lives. Additionally we help connect at-risk veterans to resources in our community that have federal grant funding to pay for housing and utility payments, however, when grant payment timing and screening processes will result in a client not receiving the funding in time to save their homes, we intervene directly and pay from our general donations.

NVHS's entire methodology stems from the idea of comprehensive collaboration with all available community partners. There are outstanding agencies (public, private, nonprofit) that offer valuable services that could be beneficial to our clients, and we make it our goal to connect our clients to everyone that can help them get off the streets. We have dozens of volunteers that do the "heavy lifting", providing constant, consistent, and trustworthy street level outreach so that our veterans are located and assisted by knowledgeable and compassionate people. Everyone in NVHS believes in our mission, and is dedicated to changing peoples lives, it is in our DNA.

Reduced homeless veteran population in Brevard County from 1,800 in 2008 to less than 300 in 2019, over 90% reduction in the population since the program was founded.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NATIONAL VETERANS HOMELESS SUPPORT INC

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. George Taylor Jr

Dana Blickley

Steve Burdett

Elizabeth Harris

Catherine McMullin

Norman Moody

Thomas Schmutz

Lisa Nash

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/01/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.