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.
Debbie Buchanan is new MHVI executive director
A U.S. Army veteran with a long career in nonprofit management, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.
Debbie Buchanan has worked for more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector, including 14 years in management positions. She most recently served as a veteran service navigator with Wisconsin Veterans Network (VetsNet). FULL ARTICLE
Save the date!
Oct, 25, 5-7pm. Meet MHVI staff, volunteers, supporters, board members and our new Executive Director, Debbie Buchanan. Details here
In August 2017 we delivered to 15 veterans, including 3 families and 3 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
NEW City Forestry workers raise money for MHVI
The City of Milwaukee DPW- Forestry-North District, as part of the United Way Combined Giving campaign, held a fundraiser for MHVI entitled “Brats for the Brave”.
They chose us because many veterans work in Forestry and they wanted to donate to an organization that gives direct assitance to veterans. They raised $607 for MHVI. The wrote: "We hope this can make at least a small difference in the important work you all do"
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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.
To address the unique needs of female vets, growing in numbers and underserved.