For veterans – especially those who have experienced homelessness – stable housing is a critical first step toward finding long-term employment, managing chronic illness, engaging with the community, and so much else. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness is decreasing, and CommonBond is committed to keeping this momentum going. As with the civilian population, the number of veterans who are 55+ is increasing.
The majority of CommonBond’s work with veterans takes place at the Upper Post Veterans Community near Fort Snelling – a historic development that is having an important impact on helping to end veteran homelessness in Minnesota. At Upper Post, there are 58 apartment homes, all with at least one veteran per household. Most of the support CommonBond provides for veterans at Upper Post is around individual services – lease education, government subsidy education, connections to rent resources, independent living skills, and connections to mental health and chemical health resources.
There are also numerous veterans living in other CommonBond communities across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These individuals receive support through CommonBond’s Advantage Services at each community.