The brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces put their lives on the line in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet every night in New York over 13,000 veterans struggle with homelessness. In many ways their experience is different from non-veterans. They are more likely to be working for pay and are better educated. But, they are also homeless for longer durations. With the thousands of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, the need for solutions to the tragedy of veteran homelessness is even more dire.
At the Lantern Organization, we believe that our Nation's heroes deserve better. We are part of a nationwide effort to provide every United States veteran with access to permanent supportive housing. Lantern Organization staff are working relentlessly to develop new units that are specially reserved for homeless veterans. Lantern Community Services provides supportive services that address the unique needs of the homeless veteran population. Case managers support each tenant by providing them with an individualized service plan organized around social stability, economic stability, and continued personal development. Staff also promote personal development by providing employment services, nutrition services, referral services, and benefits counseling.