About

Veterans First Development Corporation (VFDC) is a non-profit that supports veterans and ends homelessness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mission Statement

Veterans First Development Corporation (VFDC) prevents the homelessness and promotes the health of post-9/11 veterans in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through cost-effective and innovative quality transitional housing and individualized case management services, and lessens the need for emergency assistance shelters.

The Need

600,000 brave men and women are at risk of joining almost 200,000 veterans who already represent 1 in 4 of all homeless in America. Combined with losing 96% of its Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing since the 1970s, the current economic crisis leaves the Commonwealth unable to support its residents returning from active duty in the United States Armed Forces. In 2007 Governor Deval Patrick reinstated the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH) to implement the recommendations from the Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness for a new statewide “housing-first” approach that will end homelessness in the Commonwealth by 2013. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. It covers training pursued on or after August 1, 2009 paying eligible individuals tuition, monthly housing allowances and a books and supplies stipend.

Our Solution

VFDC recognizes the Commonwealth's need to provide eligible veterans in danger of becoming homeless a sober and drug-free environment while they benefit from the Post-9/11 GI Bill. VFDC coordinates with Caritas Communities to implement innovative housing and case management services that any community can utilize. In order to complete our mission VFDC is fundraising to establish our first SRO community in Jamaica Plain, MA close to the VA Hospital and National Center for PTSD.

Our Team

Caritas Communities, Property Management and Development Consultant
Nonsectarian, non-profit developer and manager of lodging houses
-Mark Winkeller Ph.D., Executive Director

Pending VFDC's 501(c)(3) status, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law thanks to our fiscal sponsorship agreement with Caritas Communities. Your donation makes possible our efforts to support veterans and end homelessness in the Commonwealth.

1. 600,000 brave men and women are at risk of joining almost 200,000 veterans who already represent 1 in 4 of all homeless in America.

2. The Commonwealth has lost 96% of its Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing since the 1970s.

3. The Commonwealth is unable to support its veterans in danger of becoming homeless.

4. Eligible veterans need cost-effective and innovative quality transitional housing and individualized case management services.

5. VFDC is fundraising to establish our first SRO community in Jamaica Plain, MA close to the VA Hospital and National Center for PTSD.