The Exchange Club of Gilroy
Believes That

In partnership with Veterans Matters our mutual goal is to bring the unhoused Veteran population to ZERO!

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What is the Mission of Project Zero?

The mission is simple: bring the unhoused Veteran population down to zero. To do this, we have the potential to partner with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Veterans Program, Veterans Matter and The National Exchange Clubs to work with us in identifying the number of unhoused Veterans in their state, as well as planning and collaborating with other Exchange Clubs to help our Heroes (and their significant others and especially their children) find safe, permanent housing.

Nothing speaks to the ideals of Americanism more than helping our Veterans and their families, preserving family units, and collectively making our communities stronger and safer in the process. Veterans Matters and The National Exchange Clubs across the United States are joining together to help house our unhoused Heroes. Through Project Zero, we can partner all the programs of Exchange with this important initiative. Let’s bring our Heroes home … for good!


No Veteran should be without a place to call home

The Veterans Administrations and the Housing Urban Development are prioritizing this effort at the highest levels. Staff in both agencies are working collaboratively to significantly reduce the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness and to prevent Veterans from experiencing homelessness in the future.

Ending Veteran Homelessness a Top Priority

Evidence and past progress on reducing Veteran homelessness demonstrate a Housing First approach works. HUD and VA are reinforcing Housing First, including through targeted interventions such as HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Evidence-Based Housing First Approach

Supportive services are critical to helping Veterans find and retain housing. These services serve as a platform for achieving health, recovery, and economic success. 

Delivery of Quality Supportive Services

Hero Story: A Veteran and his family housed through support from Exchange Club

Phil is a formerly unhoused Navy Veteran from South Carolina: “My family and I (including my 3 daughters) have been homeless since the beginning of Covid. Last couple of years we have been in and out of hotels. As expensive as hotels are it seemed what money we did get would be gone because of the hotels. Hard to find any place because of Covid going on. Knowing if we did, how would we get an apartment of our own, because of the cost of these hotels. At times thinking we were in this never-ending cycle and were never going to find a place. At times I felt it was too much and thought about giving up. Moving forward, your organization has meant the world to us. We are finally in our home, we are finally not homeless. We feel there is hope and we thank you all so much for that. This could have not happened without your help.”

25% of the Veterans Veterans Matter houses have children. Thousands of children are now able to sleep in their own bed, attend school, have clean clothes, and be proud of their new home. Youth of today need security. Having a home and family around them provides this element of love and warmth.

How can you Help?

Commit to The Exchange Club of Gilroy as a member and join us on our Project Zero project for our community.

Homelessness is not conquered overnight. When you identify the number of unhoused Veterans in your city or state and commit to tackling the task of raising funds to bring that number down to ZERO.

Clubs will see that it may take several projects over a period of time to accomplish a Veterans housed goal. Be patient. Plan accordingly, and celebrate each success.

You will find a sense of accomplishment as we take this journey together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Veteran Matters District Charitable Donation

If you would like to make a financial contribution by credit card to the Exchange Club of Gilroy Veterans Matter Program, Please fill out the form below. 

All Donations that go via our California Nevada District Exchange Clubs Charitable Foundation, Inc and will be securely processed through PayPal  (you don’t need a PayPal account to send money).

Disclaimer: This information is presented with the intent of providing informative materials of a general nature only and is not intended to provide legal or tax advice. Please consult with your attorney or tax advisor to determine the legal and tax effects on your personal circumstances.

Please leave a note in the comments area below to specify that your donation is for The Veterans Matters Program.  

Thank you for your generous gift! Your contribution will make a real difference to children, families, and communities throughout our community.  A formal acknowledgment of your gift will be mailed to you.

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