This last Thanksgiving, Mason Lee Wilson was a Vietnam veteran living on the streets in Phoenix.
Kara Holt, a community volunteer, met Mason while distributing Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. Touched by his story, she made it her mission to get him housed before Christmas. The community then stepped in, and provided Mason with the necessary resources and referrals to move into his new home.
U.S.VETS – Phoenix joined forces with a coalition of local service providers to help Mason move into a new home. Through the SSVF program, U.S.VETS was able to give Mason cash for the security deposit and first 2 months of rent on a new apartment. Other organizations such as APS, MANA House, HUD VASH, Veteran Furniture Center, Community Housing Partnership, and Rebuilding Together, ensured his apartment was inspected, furnished, and ready to be moved into.
“This was the best Christmas I’ve had in many many years,” Mason said. He will continue to receive support through the HUD VASH program, with follow up case management. U.S.VETS is proud to have served Mason, and all the veterans of Maricopa County.