In September of 2022, with the express desire to assist Veterans, Warriors Haven came about. In our short history, we’ve recognized the glaring issue of Veteran homelessness within the Charleston, South Carolina, community. As of 2020, there were 480 homeless Veterans in the Lowcountry area. Unfortunately, that’s 480 too many. While recent data is unavailable, the global pandemic has likely only increased these numbers. We are here to support homeless Veterans within our community by giving them a safe environment to regain their place in society. Warriors Haven is aiming to have Charleston’s first tiny home community to help Veterans and their families get on their feet. It also aims to offer a Community Center where different organizations can come and assist Veterans in counseling and job placement. It will also provide a “Vet Center” where Veterans and their families can share their experiences and have a sense of comradery.
Our tiny homes community will be transitional in nature for Veterans in crisis. Either of substance abuse, homelessness, or simply needing somewhere to go, Warriors Haven will be there for our heroes and assist them for a better tomorrow.
According to recent research, veterans account for about 9.7% of the total US population yet makeup 12.3% of the homeless population in the United States. PTSD is a contributing factor for veterans in homelessness. A study by the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research found that homeless veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, mainly, are much more likely to be experiencing PTSD than veterans from prior service.
However, PTSD is NOT more likely to lead to homelessness than other mental disorders, nor is it the sole reason veterans become homeless. Many factors can contribute, including being unable to work due to injury, low income, or lacking a support system. That's where Warriors Haven comes in.
Homeless veterans often find themselves isolated with nowhere to turn and needing someone in their corner, regardless of their circumstances. Warriors Haven is committed to being there for these heroes, and we pledge to provide support when they need it most. Warriors Haven will strive to form partnerships within the region to help relieve the anxiety of not knowing where to sleep or where the next meal will come from. Furthermore, Warriors Haven strives to find the necessary support in addition to housing for Veterans and their families, including the assistance they require for mental health counseling and job placement assistance. One homeless Veteran is one too many. Therefore, we are determined to do everything in our power to ensure no Veteran or their family is left without a roof over their head or the resources needed to live a healthy and productive life.
· Help with utility bills.
· Assisting in mortgage payments
· Obtaining medical needs (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.)
and much more..