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Determine Need
Learn About Nonprofit Organization Management
Additional Resources


Gather data from

Homeless Coordinator at VA Medical Center nearest you
Your city, county or state’s Homeless Coalition (click here for the most recent CHALENG report)
Local service providers
Formerly homeless veterans
Your state’s homeless coordinator (usually appointed by Governor)

Answer questions

How many homeless are there?
How many of those are veterans?
What services are currently available?
What services are missing in order to break the cycle of homelessness?
What are the short-, medium- and long-range needs?
What resources are available?
What additional resources are needed?
Who is involved now?
Who could/should be involved?

Most of this information can be found in the CHALENG report.

Visit or talk to other homeless veteran programs

NCHV has a list of providers throughout the nation that can be used as contacts. Click here to locate community-based service providers in your area.

Involve Others

Select an organizing committee of individuals that might be interested in attacking this issue. At this stage, it’s wise to select individuals that can see the big picture and the long road. Individuals that are doers have a hard time during the development stage sitting around talking and planning. They want to be doing, not talking! Click here for our fact sheet on collaboration.


Goals and objectives
Business plan
Resource plan – e.g. people, things, money that you will need
Program guidelines


Is there enough commitment to make the plan work?
Is there enough access to resources to make plan work?
Is your plan meeting the needs of homeless veterans within your community?



Starting a Homeless Veteran Program
Organizational Planning

Effective Board Development

Board of Directors
Risks, responsibilities, recruitment, demographics and client representation
Committee structure
Executive committee

Financial Management

Tips for Grantseeking
Restricted funds versus unrestricted funds
IRS 990 filing requirements
Charitable solicitation requirements
Director and officer liability insurance

Annual Reports

Creating an Annual Report
Why and how?

Apply for 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt status

Obtaining a 501(c)(3) status gives the organization access to grants from federal and state governments, as well as private and corporate foundations.
The process takes 2-6 months, from filling out an application to receiving ruling from the IRS. The complete process is described here.
It will be necessary to have a mission, business plan, budget, bylaws and a board of directors before applying.
Each state has different requirements to become a nonprofit organization. Check these requirements prior to completing IRS application.

Participate in Local Homeless Coalitions

HUD Continuum of Care

Develop partnerships that will assist in meeting the needs of homeless veterans.

Often local coalitions assign or influence the priorities for government funds. If you are not at the table, you will be less likely to receive a share.

Develop a Public Education and Marketing Campaign

Brochures or one-piece information “fact sheets” are helpful to educate or request investments from the community. Make sure yours look professional and answer the basic who, what, where, when, why and how questions.
Prepare several individuals to be speakers for the organization. Educating the community often happens at organization meetings, and you need a representative that can face an audience and gain their support.


Fact Sheets
Homeless Veterans Fact Sheet
How to Advocate for Homeless Veterans
Nonprofit Resources
BoardSource builds exceptional nonprofit boards and inspires board service. Call 877-892-6273 or visit their website for more information.
National Council for Nonprofit Associations: Most states have a nonprofit association that provides technical assistance to other nonprofits. Click here to find the association nearest you.
Jossey-Bass Publishers have a wide variety of topics for nonprofits. Call 415-433-1767 for a catalog or visit their website.
Fieldstone Alliance has a wide variety of topics for nonprofits. Call 1-800-274-6024 for a catalog or visit their website.

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Greenfield Daily Reporter:

Donors Needed to Help Fund Homeless Housing


Association Against Homelessness in America is a not-for-profit corporation duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington. Association Against Homelessness in America is a 501(c)3 public charity. Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.




An Extraordinarily Important Message from Michael B. Fuller Sui Juris…

“I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principles that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened…” Michael B. Fuller Sui Juris

Association Against Homelessness in America (AAHIA)
Contact: Hon. Michael B. Fuller Sui Juris
10333 Bridgeport Way SW
Lakewood WA 98499
501(c)3 number 91-2002256
Phone: 206-424-2210
Email Contact:


The Association Against Homelessness in America organization business plan for ongoing monitoring of our tax-exempt organization.

AAHIA Key Opportunities provided to the Homeless:
The Association Against Homelessness in America will provide guidance, social serevices information, job hiring and job training, consuling, and as well as seek funding to aquire properties to house the nation’s homeless veterans, non veterans, and homeless families. The Association Against Homelessness in America will work to provide a welcoming civilian transition into the workplace by homeless veterans.Creating a welcoming environment for veterans and returning service members.

Note: Housing first / rapid rehousing
In the USA, the government asked many major cities to come up with a ten year plan to end homelessness; and one of the results of this was a “Housing first” solution, also known as “rapid re-housing”, which quickly gets a homeless person permanent housing of some sort and the necessary support services to sustain a new home. There are many complications of this kind of program and these must be dealt with to make such an initiative work successfully in the middle to long term.

Start-up Requirements for Association Against Homelessness in America:


Start-up Expenses:
Purchase first property $60,000
Rehab Cost $10,000
Staff/Rehab Workers – 6 months $6,000
Insurance $3,000
Small Outreach Office Rental(near downtown Seattle area) – 12 months $12,000
Computer Systems $5,000
Office Supplies $4,000
Outside Rehab Improvements $5,000
Other Expenses $10,000

Total Start-up Expenses $115,000

Start-up Assets
Cash Required $10,000
Total Requirements $125,000


If you are a Donor, or an Investor there are three properties that my organization is currently considering. We are seeking a donor to possibly ‘gift’ a property to AAHIA.
Here is a property that my organization would like to purchase:

DATE August 1, 2014


5112 S Kenyon Street, Seattle, WA 98118

Special Purpose Property For Sale

Price: $450,000
Building Size: 2,520 SF
Price/SF: $178.57
Property Type: Special Purpose
Property Sub-type: Religious Facility
Property Use Type: Vacant/Owner-User


Tacoma Church Building
9241 South D Street, Tacoma, WA 98444
13,302 SF | Special Purpose

4205-4215 108th St., Lakewood, WA 98499
1,641 SF | Special Purpose |

North-End Church Building
324 North J Street, Tacoma, WA 98403
7,500 SF | Special Purpose |

FCCS Church Lakewood
9125 Gravelly Lake Drive, Lakewood, WA 98499
5,275 SF | Office |

There are several other properties would like to consider.

Once a property is aquired by Association Against Homelessness in America, it will be used for the following by my organization: The property will first be evaluated for damage. Then assessed as to the cost to ‘refurbish’. After clean-up, it will be refurbished. After it is refurbished, it will be set-up as an temporary office/meeting space where we will be able to meet with Veterans, Homeless Families etc.

The office/meeting space will be used to sign-up Veterans, Homeless Families, etc and we will compile a database as to the individual’s that will benefit most from our organization.

The property is “Fannie Mae”, here would be the options to aquire the property, through their “Homepath” program: Fannie Mae Financing Options

Here is a PDF on Fannie Mae Homepath Renovation Mortage ‘Homepath Renovation Mortgage’

HomePath Renovation Mortgage allows a buyer to purchase a property that requires light to moderate renovation. The one loan amount includes both the funds for the purchase and renovation — up to 35% of the as completed value, no more than $35,000. Available for owner occupants and investors.

Fannie Mae Financing Assistance Programs;

Many state and local housing authorities offer financing programs that can assist you with the down payment and purchase of your new home. Additionally, HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides homebuyer funds through special financing programs.

We support public funds programs and offer additional assistance to the buyer, including the following:
Earnest money requirement for individuals using public funds is only $500. Fannie Mae waives the earnest money requirement for public entities using public funds to purchase a Fannie Mae- owned property.

Once an offer using NSP funds is accepted, buyers have the opportunity to renegotiate after receiving an NSP required Uniform Residential Appraisal value for the property. The standard closing period for a public funds offer is 45 days, which allows time to fulfill the NSP requirements for funding.

Buyers using public funds to purchase a home can do so without competition from investors during the First Look marketing period (typically the first 15 days on the market).

Or if an Donor will work with my organization and secure a property for us with a low cost FHA Loan, it would be as follows:

5/1 Adjustable-Rate Mortgage: The payment on a 30-year $150,000 5-year Adjustable-Rate Loan at 2.5% and 70% loan-to-value (LTV) is $592.68 with 2.625 points due at closing. Payment does not include taxes and insurance premiums. The actual payment amount will be greater. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 2.93%. Rate is variable.

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage: The payment on a $150,000 30-year Fixed-Rate Loan at 4.125% and 70% loan-to-value (LTV) is $726.97 with .5 point due at closing. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 4.202%. Payment does not include taxes and insurance premiums. The actual payment amount will be greater. Some state and county maximum loan amount restrictions may apply.

15-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage: The payment on a $150,000 15-year Fixed-Rate Loan at 3.25% and 70% loan-to-value (LTV) is $1054.00 with 2.5 points due at closing. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 3.883%. Payment does not include taxes and insurance premiums. The actual payment amount will be greater. Some state and county maximum loan amount restrictions may apply.

We have provided detailed information for potential donors below, regarding Homeless Veterans and the Homeless, as well as information on 501 (c)(3) organization.

What is a Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) Organization?

Colloquially, a 501(c) organization or simply “a 501(c)” is an American tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation or association. Section 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)), provides that 28 types of nonprofit organizations are exempt from some federal income taxes. Sections 503 through 505 set out the requirements for attaining such exemptions. Many states refer to Section 501(c) for definitions of organizations exempt from state taxation as well.

Most organizations acquire 501(c)(3) tax exemption by filing IRS Form 1023. The form must be accompanied by a $850 filing fee if the yearly gross receipts for the organization are expected to average $10,000 or more.If yearly gross receipts are expected to average less than $10,000, the filing fee is reduced to $400. There are some classes of organizations that automatically are treated as tax exempt under 501(c)(3), without the need to file Form 1023:

Churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches
Organizations that are not private foundations and that have gross receipts that normally are not more than $5,000.

The IRS also expects to release a software tool called Cyber Assistant, which will assist with preparation of the application for tax exemption.

Homeless Veterans:

Homeless veterans have existed since the Peloponnesian War. A mental condition that many homeless veterans share is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which has also been known as shell shock, combat fatique, and during the Civil War, it was known as Soldier’s Heart. The signature wound of Middle East conflicts in the 2000s is Traumatic Brain Injury[5], from which many homeless combat veterans are suffering.

Estimates of how many homeless veterans there currently are on the streets of the US vary because it is difficult to conduct a census of the homeless population.Dr. Jon Nachison, one of the original co-founders of the San Diego Stand Down, believes that “it’s somewhere around 250,000.” “Close to 40% of the homeless are veterans,” according to Gary Parker, Program Director at VVSD (Veterans Village of San Diego).

“With the influx of veterans coming back from the current conflicts, we expect those numbers to rise.” Parker himself was a homeless veteran for a period of time and now works with homeless veterans who have committed to a one-year program onsite at the Veterans Village of San Diego, formerly known as Vietnam Veterans of San Diego.

Homeless Veterans and Post Tramatic Stress Disorder:

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma.This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one’s own or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity, overwhelming the individual’s ability to cope. As an effect of psychological trauma, PTSD is less frequent and more enduring than the more commonly seen acute stress response.

Diagnostic symptoms for PTSD include re-experiencing the original trauma(s) through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and increased arousal – such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger, and hypervigilance. Formal diagnostic criteria (both DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10) require that the symptoms last more than one month and cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Social science of homelessness.Contributing causes:

Major reasons and causes for homelessness as documented by many reports and studies include:
Unavailability of employment opportunities.

Poverty, caused by many factors including unemployment and underemployment.
Lack of accessible healthcare. People who have some kind of chronic and weakening disease but cannot get healthcare either because they don’t have money to afford it or because the government will not give it to them are simply too weak to go and work every day.
Abuse by government or by other people with power.
War or armed conflict.
Natural disasters.

Mental disorder, where mental health services are unavailable or difficult to access or as a result of deinstitutionalization. A United States Federal survey done in 2005 indicated that at least one-third of homeless men and women have serious psychiatric disorders or problems.

Disability, especially where disability services are non-existent or poor performing.

Social exclusion, including because of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Substance abuse.

Lack of affordable housing. An article in the November 2007 issue of Atlantic Monthly reported on a study of the cost of obtaining the “right to build” (i.e. a building permit, red tape, bureaucracy, etc.) in different U.S. cities. The “right to build” cost does not include the cost of the land or the cost of constructing the house. The study was conducted by Harvard economists Edward Glaeser and Kristina Tobio.

According to the chart accompanying the article, the cost of obtaining the “right to build” adds approximately $600,000 to the cost of each new house that is built in San Francisco.
Domestic violence.
Relationship breakdown, particularly in relation to young people and their parents.
Prison release and re-entry into society.
Disasters, including but not limited to earthquakes and hurricanes.

Forced eviction – In many countries, people lose their homes by government order to make way for newer upscale high rise buildings, roadways, and other governmental needs.The compensation may be minimal, in which case the former occupants cannot find appropriate new housing and become homeless.

Mortgage foreclosures where mortgage holders see the best solution to a loan default is to take and sell the house to pay off the debt. The popular press made an issue of this in 2008.

Foreclosures on landlords often lead to eviction of their tenants. “The Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune noted that,by some estimates, more than 311,000 tenants nationwide have been evicted from homes this year after lenders took over the properties.”

Criminality—Some homeless may have committed crimes and are therefore hiding from the authorities.
A substantial percentage of the U.S. homeless population are individuals who are chronically unemployed or have difficulty managing their lives effectively due to prolonged and severe drug and/or alcohol abuse.

Substance abuse can cause homelessness from behavioral patterns associated with addiction that alienate an addicted individual’s family and friends who could otherwise provide support during difficult economic times.

Increased wealth disparity and income inequality causes distortions in the housing market that push rent burdens higher, making housing unaffordable.

Dr. Paul Koegel of RAND Corporation, a seminal researcher in first generation homelessness studies and beyond, divided the causes of homelessness into structural aspects and then individual vulnerabilities.


In western countries such as the United States, the typical homeless person is male and single, with the Netherlands reporting 80% of homeless people aged 18-65 to be men. Some cities have particularly high percentages of males in homeless populations, with men comprising 85% of the homeless in Dublin. Ethnic minorities are also over represented in homeless populations, with such groups two and half times more likely to be homeless in the US. The median age of homeless people is approximately 35.

Problems faced by people who are homeless.Discrimination against the homeless:

The basic problem of homelessness is the need for personal shelter, warmth and safety. Other difficulties include:
personal security, quiet, and privacy, especially for sleeping.
safekeeping of bedding, clothing and possessions, which may have to be carried at all times.
hygiene and sanitary facilities.
cleaning and drying of clothes.
obtaining, preparing and storing food in quantities.
keeping contacts, without a permanent location or mailing address.
hostility and legal powers against urban vagrancy.
Homeless people face many problems beyond the lack of a safe and suitable home. They are often faced with many social disadvantages also, reduced access to private and public services and reduced access to vital necessities:
Reduced access to health care and dental services.
Limited access to education.
Increased risk of suffering from violence and abuse.
General rejection or discrimination from other people.
Loss of usual relationships with the mainstream.
Not being seen as suitable for employment.
Reduced access to banking services.
Reduced access to communications technology.

There is sometimes corruption and theft by the employees of a shelter as evidenced by a 2011 investigative report by FOX 25 TV in Boston wherein a number of Boston public shelter employees were found stealing large amounts of food over a period of time from the shelter’s kitchen for their private use and catering.

Violent crimes against homeless people:

There have been many violent crimes committed against people who are homeless.A 2007 study found that the rate of such crimes is increasing.

Please contact me direct:

Hon. Michael B. Fuller Sui Juris
10333 Bridgeport Way SW
Lakewood WA 98499
501(c)3 number 91-2002256
Phone: 206-424-2210
Email Contact:


Dec 17-18 Call to Action…Operation:WelcomeOneHome



We are proud to announce our participation in a community wide
Call to Action…Operation:WelcomeOneHome… to reach our goal of a community where if a Veteran experiences homelessness it is rare, brief and only one time within Seattle/King County by December 31, 2015.

We hope that you will join us!
Seattle Stand Down 5

Premier project of One Less Mountain
December 17 & 18, 2015

Registration begins at 7AM

Thursday 8AM to 4PM
Friday 8AM – 2PM

Seattle Central College
Mitchell Activity Center
1701 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122