Serving Homeless and At-Risk veterans since 2008
Men  Women Families

Who we are

Founded and run by veterans, MHVI's mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans reach and maintain their highest levels of independence. We offer unique programs to fill the gaps and don't duplicate what others do, and cooperate with the Veterans Administration, Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Officers, and other non-profit agencies.

Since 2008 we have helped more than 3,000 veterans and their famililes in southeastern Wisconsin to obtain benefits, housing, health care, furniture, household goods, food, clothing, transporation, toiletries and other necessities.

Debbie Buchanan is new MHVI executive director

Photo of Debbie Buchanan, our new executive director
A U.S. Army veteran with a long career in nonprofit management, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Debbie Buchanan has worked for more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector, including 14 years in management positions. She most recently served as a veteran service navigator with Wisconsin Veterans Network (VetsNet). FULL ARTICLE

Save the date!

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Oct, 25, 5-7pm. Meet MHVI staff, volunteers, supporters, board members and our new Executive Director, Debbie Buchanan. Details here

In August 2017 we delivered to 15 veterans, including 3 families and 3 women veterans.

Join us in our work! Donate your new and gently used household items. Pickups and deliveries are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. For inventory efficiency, we limit pickups to items on our list. Schedule a pickup and view our needed items list

NEW  City Forestry workers raise money for MHVI

The City of Milwaukee DPW- Forestry-North District, as part of the United Way Combined Giving campaign, held a fundraiser for MHVI entitled “Brats for the Brave”. They chose us because many veterans work in Forestry and they wanted to donate to an organization that gives direct assitance to veterans. They raised $607 for MHVI. The wrote: "We hope this can make at least a small difference in the important work you all do"

Our programs

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  • Click here for our Outreach program

    We do early morning searches to find homeless vets where they sleep and take meals

  • Click here for our Home Support program

    We move formerly homeless veterans into their new living spaces with everything they need

  • Click here for our Emergency Food program

    In a short-term crisis, we deliver several days of food to veterans and families.

  • Click here for our Wellness program

    We follow-up on those we have moved into housing to discover any unmet needs.

  • Click here for our program, Women Veterans Initiative or WOVIN

    To address the unique needs of female vets, growing in numbers and underserved.