Serving Homeless and At-Risk veterans since 2008
Men  Women Families

Who we are

Founded and run by veterans, MHVI's mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans reach and maintain their highest levels of independence. We offer unique programs to fill the gaps and don't duplicate what others do, and cooperate with the Veterans Administration, Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Officers, and other non-profit agencies.

Since 2008 we have helped more than 3,000 veterans and their famililes in southeastern Wisconsin to obtain benefits, housing, health care, furniture, household goods, food, clothing, transporation, toiletries and other necessities.

Meet our new board members

MHVI is proud to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors:

Mary Kuhnmuench is a judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court Bench. She was first elected in 1998 and is in her 4th consecutive term. She has won several judicial awards during her time on the court. Adam Wickersham spent 13 years on active duty as an Intelligence Analyst and Arabic Interrogator in the US Army. He is currently serving as Lead Legislative Fiscal Analyst at the City of Milwaukee while working as a part-time adjunct professor of economics and IT Management at MATC. Matt Petersen recently moved to Milwaukee after serving 13 years on active duty as a C-17 pilot in the Air Force. He is currently working on his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Each of them brings unique qualifications and expertise to our team. We are very excited to have them on board! Please join us in welcoming them.

How You Can Help

Veterans Light Up the Arts

7pm, Thurs., March 2
War Memorial Center

Live music, spoken word, Shakespeare, films, art gallery, more.
MHVI co-sponsors! More info

Every Day is Veterans Day

It was late on a Friday afternoon, Veterans Day, when a former Navy SEAL and his toddler sons faced the prospect of sleeping in their truck, with no money for gas or food. We were able to get them a motel for the weekend, a gas card and groceries from our emergency pantry.

We don’t do it by ourselves, of course. The next week, through the combined efforts of the Wisconsin Veterans Network (VetsNet), MHVI, and Center for Veterans Issues, they got temporary housing while awaiting approval of a long-term federal housing voucher. The vet was referred for a possible job placement, and childcare provided for the boys.   FULL STORY

In January 2017 we delivered to 23 veterans, including 8 families and 2 women veterans.

Join us in our work! Donate your new and gently used household items. Pickups and deliveries are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. For inventory efficiency, we limit pickups to items on our list. Schedule a pickup and view our needed items list

WUWM-FM features veteran's story and MHVI's helping hand

This woman and her partner, both Iraq war veterans who had been sleeping in their van, got help through the combined efforts of MHVI, VetsNet and WOVIN, the Women Veterans Initiative, which got them food, clothing, and housing. Her story is a reminder of the continuing need for our services. FULL STORY WITH AUDIO

Our programs

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  • We offer a range of services through a network of partners. We will help any man or woman in crisis who served in the military and wore the uniform

  • To address the unique needs of female vets, growing in numbers and underserved.

  • We do early morning searches to find homeless vets where they sleep and take meals

  • We move formerly homeless veterans into their new living spaces with everything they need

  • In a short-term crisis, we deliver several days of food to veterans and families.

  • We follow-up on those we have moved into housing to discover any unmet needs.