Melbourne, Fla. — Oct. 14, 2020 — National Veterans Homeless Support (NVHS) has served Brevard’s homeless veterans since 2008, reducing their numbers from approximately 1800 to less than 300 today. This work has been possible because the community has rallied behind their mission and this time it is in the form of the third Annual Home Stretch 5K, hosted by TechRev.
This year’s event will be held on November 8 (race starts at 8 a.m.) at Melbourne Court next to Campbell Park, and there will be a virtual option this year for anyone with health safety concerns who still wishes to support Brevard County homeless and low-income veterans.
According to the US Census Bureau, there are 4,400 veterans in Brevard that are living in poverty and are at risk of homelessness. This event helps to keep those veteran families housed through Financial Support, targeting utility and rental assistance needs.
In addition to this need, COVID-19 job losses have caused thousands of Brevard County families to fall behind on rent and utility payments, thereby increasing the number of veteran families who are now at greater risk of experiencing homelessness. To combat this, NVHS has given $27,100 in Financial Support toward rent and utility payments this year, to help keep veteran families housed in Brevard.
The 5K has gained the support and sponsorship of various organizations around Brevard County including: Rock Paper Simple, Bansbach Easylift, St. Francis Reflections Life Stage Care, Southeast Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Zeltech, Melbourne Corporate Center, Space Coast Intelligent Solutions and Phillips Financial Advisors.
Runners may register to run both in person or virtually at the website: https://runsignup.com/homestretch5k
Founded in 2008, there were approximately 1,800 homeless veterans living in Brevard County. As of January 2018’s Bi-Annual Point in Time Count, Brevard’s population had been reduced to less than 300, an amazing 88 percent reduction in 10 years. According to the US Census Bureau, there are 4,400 veterans in Brevard County that are in poverty, and so to reach mission complete NVHS has a goal to get all of the homeless housed while at the same time keeping the at-risk in their homes.
NVHS tackles homelessness directly where it exists…on the streets of our community. They proactively go out to find those that need their help through street-level outreach where they live, provide basic needs to ensure their survival and build rapport, and connect them to any organization that offers a service ben