Veteran Advancement Programs

November of 2019, the DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc. assumed responsibility of Veteran Homestead Inc. which had been running sober-living and transitional housing programs for veterans since the 1990s. Now, renamed as the Veteran Advancement Program of the DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc., combined with additional knowledge and expertise, we are providing more support and services to this vulnerable population.

The Veteran Advancement Program now offers permanent and transitional affordable housing opportunities for male and female veterans and their dependents in conjunction with wrap-around supportive services including, but not limited to the following:
      • VA Claims & Benefits Counseling
      • Education Guidance
      • Peer Support
      • Community Activities
      • Food Pantry (household items, medical equipment, etc.)
      • Volunteer Opportunities
      • Handicap Accessible Units
      • Referrals to mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, financial and credit counseling, home-buyers assistance, and more
General Eligibility:
      • Veterans of all eras having served in the US Armed Forces and received a discharge other than dishonorable
      • No convictions of arson, violence, or sex crimes

Victory Campus (Gardner, MA)

Set on 11+ acres and surrounded by protected wetlands, resides twenty (20), 2-bedroom condo style units. This program is for veterans seeking higher education through college, vocational rehabilitation, skilled trade, apprenticeship program, -or- active in mental health treatment/counseling, ongoing physical health treatment, physical therapy, rehabilitation or progressing forward with the transition to civilian life with respect and dignity.

Male/Female Veterans, Families

Armistice Congregate Sober Housing & Studios (Leominster, MA)

Settled in the heart of downtown Leominster, Armistice Congregate Sober Housing & Studios consists of four (4) studio apartments, one (1) 1-bedroom apartment, along with congregate housing consisting of four (4) Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) and two (2) Double-Occupancy rooms.

Studios: Male/Female Veterans, Veteran + Spouse
Armistice Congregate: Male Veterans
1-Bedroom Apt: Male Veterans

Hero Congregate Care Sober Housing (Leominster, MA)

A short stroll away from the heart of downtown Leominster is a mansion constructed in the 1880s. This home is staffed 24/7 by Personal Care Assistants (PCA) that provide assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living* (IADLs). Meals are prepared, cooked, and served family-style or individually. This is an ideal housing option for elder veterans and/or those with chronic illnesses limiting their ability to perform IADLs. We promote their independence and offer opportunities to meet their social, spiritual, physical and mental health needs so they may continue to thrive in their environment and community. This home offers four (4) SROs and six (6) DORs.

Male/Female Veterans, Veteran + Spouse

*Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Examples (IADLs):
Managing medications
Preparing or cooking food
Housekeeping
Laundry
Transportation
Using the telephone



**Currently accepting applications for all programs**

Click here for an application.

More information and updates about these programs to come as we continue to expand our services.

We kindly request your patience as you await our response. Please understand we receive a substantial amount of inquiries via phone and email regarding housing services for homeless and other veterans of North Central Massachusetts as well as other areas and states. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

To support the Veteran Advancement Program of the DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc., checks may be mailed to:

DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc.
3 Victory Lane
Gardner, MA 01440

For memorial donations, please write the name of the individual(s) being honored and remembered on the check.

DAV of MA is not allowed to accept donations online. If  you wish to make a credit card donation, please call 978-632-1271 or email accounting@davma.org.

All monetary amounts are welcome and greatly appreciated.

501(c)3 Approval Letter