Military Funders

A panel of MTSP stakeholders presented about the project at a Feb. 18, 2014 convening to unveil the MTSP Community Plan

The Military Funders is a funder collaboration faciliated by San Diego Grantmakers that focuses on helping military and veteran families in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Military Funders Members

Background

Military Funders began in early 2011 when several SDG members started meeting to explore how they could collectively support local active military personnel, veterans, and their families. In 2012, the group formalized as a funder collaboration and focused their efforts on helping with the difficult transition from active duty to civilian status. They currently focus on homelessness and food stability.

Current Collaborative Grantmaking
In 2017/2018, the Military Funders focused on ending homelessness among veterans and their families. The goal is that through this grant the Military Funders will support solutions to ensure veterans in San Diego County have one-on-one navigation of the system to more quickly and effectively help them be matched with and given access to housing that matches their needs. Funders may contact Megan Thomas at megan[at]sdgrantmakers.org or 858-875-3332 with any questions or to join the funding pool. Read more about the funding opportunity.

Grantees
Interfaith Community Services
 With the support of the San Diego Grantmaker’s Military Funders, and extensive experience navigating the homeless system and strong relationships with the local VA and other veteran’s service providers, Interfaith Community Services provides both programming and systems navigation to homeless veterans.  By adding a Housing Stability Case Manager solely focused on moving veterans from homelessness to secure, permanent housing, and working with each veteran from point of entry, Interfaith will significantly impact the veteran homeless community.

 “I had zero integrity,” said Robert - Interfaith client. “Everyone I knew had detached from me; I had no friends, no family, no one trusted me. I knew the end was coming if I didn’t get help.” “We (Robert and wife Judy, also an Interfaith client) have learned to live a great life without drugs and alcohol,” said Robert as his eyes filled with tears, “Interfaith saved our lives. I’m just so grateful.” 

  

PATH San Diego
PATH’s Veterans Housing Navigator will engage with Veterans living in interim housing and provide individualized support in navigating housing and military benefits systems to connect them to permanent homes.

"For Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness, accessing services and navigating the complexities of the homeless system is challenging. Sometimes an opportunity for housing is just within grasp when unforeseeable barriers make the dream of having a home again out of reach. The Veterans Housing Navigator position is crucial to help homeless Veterans finally make it home." -- Jonathan Castillo, PATH San Diego Regional Director

"I was having trouble holding down a job because of my disability and became homeless. My case manager at PATH helped coach me and found me a job that works for me. And he helped me find an apartment that I could afford with my benefits from the VA. PATH cared about me and changed my life." -- Mr. H., 56 year-old Navy Veteran and PATH Client

 

Military Transition Support Project

In 2013, Military Funders members launched the Military Transition Support Project (MTSP), an unprecedented year-long collaboration among San Diego's military, government agencies, elected officials, nonprofits, businesses, and philanthropic institutions. The goal of MTSP was to develop a comprehensive plan to better coordinate community resources for veterans, and to connect those resources to service members as early as possible in the transition from active duty to civilian status.

The resulting MTSP Community Plan was unveiled during a public convening on Feb. 18, 2014, and an additional year was spent securing the initial implementation funding as well as a Memorandum of Understanding with Navy Region Southwest to gain access to transitioning service members during their federally mandated transition classes.

In January 2015, a new nonprofit organization called zero8hundred opened its doors and began making the MTSP Community Plan a reality. Military Funders remain connected to the work of zero8hundred. Read More >

Listserv

Members of this collaboration may email one another using military[at]sdgrantmakers.org.

Resource

The Corporate Playbook for Supporting Military Families