In America, those are two words that should never go together. Yet for tens of thousands of men and women who have borne the battle, homelessness is their daily reality. Many, many more are one crisis away from losing housing and the most basic requirements for stable lives.
Purpose Built Families Foundation’s Operation Sacred Trust (OST) collaboration is a nationally accredited, public-private partnership for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing. Fundamental to the approach of OST is attention to factors that create, contribute to, and address problems in living as reflected by challenges to housing stability for low-income Veteran families.
Since 2011, Operation Sacred Trust, OST, has led the way preventing and ending homelessness for Veteran families in Broward and Miami-Dade County, helping reduce homelessness among our community’s former servicemen and women by nearly 50%.
From inception, OST has been a collaboration of visionary social service leaders from diverse agencies and organizations working together towards a common commitment: Ending Veteran Homelessness. Today, with grant funding and guidance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (“SSVF”), OST operations are led by seasoned professionals from nonprofits Purpose Built Families Foundation and Carrfour Supportive Housing with active support from the University of Miami’s School of Law, local Continuums of Care, and scores of community partners.
OST has helped end and prevent homelessness for more than 7,500 Veterans and their family members in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and has been credited with ending chronic homelessness for Veterans in distressed neighborhoods where many once thought there was little hope.
Through unique collaborations that integrate novel and proven approaches, OST has created cost-effective, holistic service delivery models for ensuring America truly honors our sacred trust with those who have offered their lives to protect our own.
If you or someone you know is a low-income Veteran facing or experiencing homelessness in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, call OST for immediate help at (855) 778-3411 x857 or text OST to 67076.
If you are one of hundreds of millions of Americans whose lives have been blessed by the selfless service, sacrifice and dedication of America’s Veterans, please join us in standing with these brave men and women during their time of greatest need.
Ending homelessness for America’s Veterans is possible. Our success depends on each of us.