Fisher House Offers Free Housing to Military and Veteran Families in Need, Easing Long-Distance Travel Stress

Nonprofit Housing Organization Expanding Services to Families with VA Health Care System Loved Ones in Pittsburgh Area

The Fisher House program is providing vital support to military and veteran families by offering free housing for family members who need to be near their loved one’s VA health care system. This service reduces the financial burden and stress associated with long-distance travel. In the Pittsburgh area, one Fisher House facility is located next to the VA hospital in Oakland, accommodating up to 10 families at a time.

Mary Ellen Austin, who works with a volunteer group at the Fisher House, emphasizes the importance of providing families with a place to stay where they can also relieve stress. Families staying at the Fisher House enjoy professionally decorated homes with a beautiful kitchen, private bedrooms, and baths. They typically stay for an average of six days, saving them an average of $1,900 in expenses.

The Fisher House is planning to expand its services by building a new facility in O’Hara Township, scheduled to open in 2026. This new facility will offer more opportunities for families, especially those with loved ones in hospice care or nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. The cost of building one Fisher House is $9 million, with $3 million needing to be raised locally through corporate sponsorships and other funding sources.

Ashley Funyak from KDKA-TV contributed to this report on the impact of the Fisher House program on military and veteran families in need of support during times of medical care and treatment.

The Fisher House program is providing vital support to military and veteran families by offering free housing for family members who need to be near their loved one’s VA health care system. This service reduces the financial burden and stress associated with long-distance travel. In the Pittsburgh area, one Fisher House facility is located next…

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