Mr. Crutchfield is a US Army Veteran who, after being homeless for close to a year, was struggling to find affordable, stable housing. In 2009, The United States made it an initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Since that initiative was announced over 5 years ago, our country as a whole has taken great strides to improve support for veterans experiencing homelessness. Special vouchers issued to homeless veterans help control rent to affordable, income-based amounts. However, even with affordable rent, sometimes it is hard to come up with the funds necessary to secure a place to live.
Landlords often ask new tenants to pay a security deposit along with the first month of rent before moving in. For an individual or family coming off of the streets, or even from situations where they may be living in a hotel/motel or doubled up, extra cash is hard to come by, which creates a barrier to housing that would otherwise be available. For Mr. Crutchfield, the community resources he was connected with through CVHC put him in a position where he could act on opportunities to secure stable and affordable housing.
If you want to get involved with CVHC's mission in helping people like Mr. Crutchfield, consider participating in the Community Give - a 24 hour day of giving for nonprofits in the Fredericksburg Area. Any gift you are able to contribute will help us continue the work we do.