Funds provide support to Housing Veterans, the shelter’s nationally recognized housing and treatment program to help adult veterans recovering from trauma and homelessness.

Camillus House was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) to support Housing Veterans. As part of the grant, Camillus House and DVNF will work with people who served our country to cover the costs of moving into independent housing, including household items or rental costs through vouchers critical for successful reintegration into local communities. From furniture, linens, towels, utensils, and startup cleaning supplies to first, last, and deposit, the grant empowers dignified housing.

“Camillus House is grateful to DVNF for their meaningful gift to our Housing Veterans program,” said Hilda M. Fernandez, CEO of Camillus House. “Their continued support helps us to work to provide safe and stable housing to Veterans alongside the care and services we facilitate on their way to a new path in life.”

The Housing Veterans program helps individuals who served anywhere from active combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to deployments conducting military business throughout the entire globe. Formerly homeless, the program helps them to get back into a dignified and autonomous life.

This program enables veterans to save much-needed funds for future expenses, including independent, furnished housing. Veterans also have continued access to Camillus House and our community partners in health, education, and career development at University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and CareerSource South Florida. Together we see to it that not only are important gains and strides made conserved, but also that growth continues to replicate upon growth for further positive life choices and living opportunities.

Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj. Ret,) CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said “We are proud to support Camillus House to Help Housing Veterans Program, as they continue to make a positive impact in veteran’s lives. We would like to congratulate and thank them for their commitment to assisting the men and women who served in the defense of our country.”

Integrated as part of existing Veterans programs onsite, the Housing Veterans project tends to an unmet need, providing the missing link in helping Veterans fully transition to civilian life and self-reliance.

Through this vital partnership, Camillus will positively affect the homeless populations’ safety and stability, strengthening the community at large. Camillus House is thrilled to work alongside DVNF to help make significant strides on this critical issue.

About DVNF

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom. For more information about DVNF, visit

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