The homes that are donated to Operation Homefront are bank owned homes. Our donors do basic, renovations on the homes, such as new flooring, paint and repairs so that they are “move in ready”. However, keep in mind that, as a home owner, the home recipients will be responsible for basic home repairs that may arise while in the home. Your Caseworker will be a guide during your time in the program to learn how to maintain and address the repair issues in the home. It is ultimately the responsibility of the home recipients to take initiative and ensure the home is well maintained.
The Application Process
- Military families and veterans can apply for a home through the Homes on the Homefront application available here.
- Documents that must be provided in order to process your application are: a copy of the DD214 (member 2, 4, 7, or 8) showing type of discharge or if active, active duty ID card, government issued picture ID, proof of all household income (SSDI, VA, Caregiver income, civilian income, CRSC etc. ), proof of injury (if applicable), VA ratings and proof of savings. You can upload all these documents into your application.
- Once you have successfully completed your application, you will be notified via email every time a home is posted and available for application. You will receive emails for all homes accepting applications. Most homes will be open for applications for 10 business days from the date the email notice is sent to determine if you want to apply further for a particular home.
- If you wish to be considered for a particular home mentioned in an email you receive, you will need to apply by following the link in that email.
The Selection Process
- A Caseworker will be assigned to each available home and will review all applications for each home. The Caseworker will then submit the eligible applicants to a housing committee who will select the applicant that will be the recipient of the home. Selection is made on a case-by-case basis and includes such factors as: financial need, connection to the local community where the home is available, injury status, family size, etc. It usually takes about 4-6 weeks to get through all of the applications from the date the home closes.
- The committee will match the applicant to the home. If the Caseworker or committee needs anything further from you, they will contact you during that timeframe. In the end, we will only contact the family or veteran that is matched with the home. If you are not selected for a home, you will not be notified. We apologize that we do not have the manpower to contact everyone who is not selected.
The Program - After A Match Is Made
Once selected for a home, the recipient will reside in the property as a tenant of Operation Homefront for a period between one and two years. The following will be required during the time recipients are in the program in order to receive the deed to the home:
- Recipients will be required to pay any actual costs of property taxes, insurance, and homeowner's association fees.
- A customized transition plan will be developed in conjunction with each recipient.
- Recipients will have routine inspections of the home.
- Recipients must participate in financial counseling and any other activity required by their assigned client services representative. Recipients will be required to save enough funds to ensure they can maintain the property long-term.
- Once the requirements of the transition plan have been fully satisfied and the recipient is able to maintain and sustain the costs of the home, the property will be deeded to the recipient.
If you have any questions about this program before you apply, please contact us at 210-659-7756.
Everyone at Operation Homefront expresses their sincere gratitude to all our service members and their families for helping to keep our country free!