By Paul Warman
In 1993, WWII veteran Ed Kline, one of the original founders of the Jewish War Veterans Post 64 NV, had a vision to provide housing for homeless veterans in Las Vegas. Ed recruited another member of the Post, WWII veteran Abe Efros, to help him achieve his dream. It should be noted that Mr. Efros still actively participates in our projects at the age of 90+. Given the passion and determination shown by both of these members, the Post authorized them to start this program. Starting with assisting one Veteran in a room at a motel in downtown Las Vegas, the program expanded its ability to accommodate up to eight homeless veterans at a time. In 2006, the Post partnered with the Salvation Army. In 2012, The Edward Kline Memorial Homeless Veterans Fund Inc. assumed operation of the Independence Day Program, as the program had previously been known. The Kline Veterans Fund is the current name of an organization, having filed a DBA 0n 10/26/2016.
A Brief Summary of organization mission and goals:
The Kline Veterans Fund provides critical assistance to Veterans who have honorably served their country and now live in the context of crisis, poverty and homelessness. We are dedicated to the premise that all Veterans who have put their lives on the line for our country by honorably serving in the Armed Forces are entitled to a roof over their heads, healthcare and respect. Our purpose is to help those Veterans who are homeless or under housed in the Las Vegas Valley remove themselves from harm’s way and find permanent housing. We hope that this will facilitate increased residential stability, increased income and/or skills, and greater self-determination.
General purpose of organization:
The purpose is to (1) financially assist Veterans who are in jeopardy of losing their homes, utilities or transportation (needed for employment) due to a shortfall because of unforeseen financial emergencies; (2) Fund emergency homeless female Veterans at The Shade Tree women’s shelter; and (3) partner with U. S. Vets in a HUD-2 Program of subsidized stabilized housing using a 3:1 leveraged grant which makes our funds go further.
We are an all-volunteer primarily Veteran based organization with no salary costs, no capital costs and minimal overhead.