At Father Bill’s & MainSpring, we’re committed to ending homelessness for all, but we recognize that veterans often have unique needs and believe that no veteran should be homeless. Regardless of your branch of service, how long you served, what type of discharge you received, or what your experience was, Father Bill’s & MainSpring is ready to serve you.

FBMS offers a wide array of support to help veterans get back on their feet and rejoin their communities. If you are a military veteran from our service area, contact our Veterans Program at 508-418-6694 to find out the benefits and services you’re entitled to. Please leave a message and someone will return the call.

Shelter/Basic Needs/Transitional Housing

We have sheltering and transitional housing programs reserved exclusively to military veterans, including two rooms at our congregate shelter for families.

Working On Recovery Through Triage to Housing (WORTH)

Working On Recovery Through Triage to Housing (WORTH) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that dedicates specific emergency housing beds to veterans with substance abuse problems. It is open to veterans who commit to sobriety and agree to periodic drug testing. We currently have WORTH-funded beds at our two shelters for individuals, including a more private wing at Father Bill’s Place in Quincy.

The Grant and Per Diem program
The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program provides transitional housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides per diem payments to support units in the house dedicated to veterans. FBMS operates 15 GPD units at Jeff’s Place in Brockton. Participants can live in the units for up to 2 years.

Permanent Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing
Some of the 500 Permanent Supportive Housing units operated by Father Bill’s & MainSpring are dedicated to veterans, including 8 units at the Sheila McIntyre House in Quincy and 6 units at the Commander Paul F. Anderson House in Hingham, and 6 units at a new property in Weymouth, which opened in July 2017. Veterans preference is given for 10 units at the recently opened Jack’s Place in Brockton.

Connection to Resources

Veterans may access the other Individual and Family homelessness prevention programs from Father Bill’s & MainSpring, but the program below is targeted specifically for them.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
SSVF benefits are funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and overseen by Volunteers of America, which can be reached at 617-390-0232. The SSVF program provides temporary financial assistance to eligible veterans for expenses such as rent, utility, and child care, and can help veterans retain their current housing or find new housing quickly.