Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has put his heart on his sleeve and his hand in his pocket to help homeless Washington war veterans rebuild their lives.
His Soul Foundation charitable project partnered with non-profit Help USA to provide a seventy-seven-home facility in the city.
The project has taken ten years to complete with the help of nonprofit “Help USA,” whose goal is to tackle the issue of homelessness in the United States. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 50% of veterans who were homeless (since 2010) have been housed. However, the rest of the veterans who still don’t have homes deserve the same. That’s why Jon Bon Jovi’s contribution is exceptionally crucial and helpful.
The facility for homeless veterans, Walter Reed facility, has a courtyard, a gym, and a computer room. Spending time on the streets alone causes people to become isolated, therefore, they have a lounge as a standard meeting room. The idea is that the lounge may help the veterans to socialize and feel better when they’re around other people. Additionally, the facility will provide a variety of programs aimed to help the vets get back on their feet.
The facility can house 300 vets. Those with 50% or less of the median income will qualify and have to pay rent with 30% of their income. Believe it or not. Most of these homeless veterans receive wages from either jobs, pensions, or Social Security. The opening of the housing complex coincides with the release of Jon Bon Jovi’s latest single “Unbroken.” The single is featured in the “To Be of Service” movie, which is a documentary that displays the challenges vets have with PTSD and how their service dogs help them overcome it. In many cases, service dogs have completely changed their lives.