Founded in 1993, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) has grown to become Rhode Island’s innovative and leading non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of ending homelessness among veterans in our communities. OSDRI follows the “housing first model” providing permanent and transitional housing combined with a full range of supportive services designed to address the individual veteran’s needs which led to his or her state of homelessness. Supportive services include but are not limited to: intensive case management; coordination of mental health and substance abuse treatment; assistance with VA benefits and employment, training and job placement services. Our focus is to give veterans a “hand up…not a hand out.”

Presently Operation Stand Down Rhode Island owns and operates fifty nine units of permanent and transitional housing located on five campuses throughout the state. These facilities house disabled low-income veterans who prior to arriving at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island were homeless.

For homeless or at-risk low-income veterans, with or without disabilities, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island provides rental assistance and supportive services through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Grant.

Below is a description of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island permanent and transitional supportive housing for disabled low-income homeless veterans.

Hartford Avenue Veteran Housing (Johnston, RI)


In 2001, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island opened Rhode Island’s first permanent housing with supportive services for homeless disabled veterans. Located at 1010 Hartford Avenue in Johnston, this community houses seven disabled formerly homeless veterans in duplex style housing. The location also serves as Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Headquarters.

U.S. Marine SGT Brian R. St. Germain Home (West Warwick, RI)


Opened in 2005, 790 Providence Street, West Warwick is dedicated in honor of West Warwick native Marine SGT Brian R. St. Germain who was killed on 2 April 2006 as a result of injuries received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The SGT St. Germain Home provides housing and supportive services to nine disabled formerly homeless veterans.

Adjacent to the St. Germain Home is Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Employment and Education Training Service Center.

U.S. Marine CPL Holly Charette Home (Johnston, RI)


The Marine CPL Holly Charette Home was opened in July of 2010 and became Rhode Island’s first and only transitional housing for homeless female veterans. The home houses six female veterans at any one time. It is dedicated in honor of Marine CPL Holly Charette who lost her life on 23 June 2005 when her convoy was struck by a suicide bomber in the Anbar province of Falujuah, Iraq. Hailing from Cranston, RI, Marine CPL Charette is Rhode Island’s first female killed in Iraq.

Bissell Street Apartments (Providence, RI)


Recognizing the growing number of veterans with families facing homelessness, in 2009, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island opened Bissell Street Apartments. It was the first OSDRI property to provide housing to low-income disabled homeless veterans with families. It has ten apartments.

U.S. Army SGT Gregory A. Belanger Apartments (Providence, RI)


Dedicated in 2011, in honor of Rhode Island’s first soldier killed in Iraq, U.S. Army SGT Gregory Allan Belanger, this apartment building located near the Providence VA Medical Center houses eleven disabled formerly homeless veterans. There are nine one bedroom apartments and two efficiencies.

U.S. Army SPC Ronald E. Blake Home (Johnston, RI)


In 2013, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island celebrated its 20th Anniversary serving homeless and at-risk veterans. Founded by a group of Vietnam Era veterans who banded together to serve their generation of homeless brothers and sisters in arms, OSDRI came full circle dedicating a new facility adjacent to its headquarters property in honor of U.S. Army SPC Ronald E. Blake. SPC Blake, a Johnston resident, was killed in Vietnam fighting against the Viet Cong at Dong Xoai in 1965. The Blake Home provides housing with supportive services for four disabled formerly homeless veterans.

The John Arthur Johnson and Joan Louise Mayo Family Housing Units (Johnston, RI)

Expanding supportive housing for homeless veteran families remains a top priority for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Two additional family facilities were built and dedicated in 2013. The first is dedicated in honor of U.S. Navy veteran John Arthur Johnson who served on OSDRI’s Board of Directors for nineteen years and was an integral part of the Stand Down Weekend annual outreach event. The second facility is dedicated in honor of U.S. Air Force veteran Joan Louise Mayo. Joan Mayo was one of the first homeless female veterans to reside in the Marine CPL Holly Charette Home. When she became terminally ill, Joan was moved to the OSDRI Headquarters where she remained in the company of her OSDRI family till she passed. She was laid to rest by OSDRI with military honors.

Westerly Pierce Street Apartments





Operation Stand Down Rhode Island completed renovations during the fall of 2014 of this majestic home in the North End of Westerly and constructed two additional buildings.  A total of 10 apartments (six single and four two bedroom) will house low-income disabled veterans and their families.


Under Construction





November 2014 marked the ground breaking of two expansion projects on Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s 1010 Hartford Avenue campus.  To better serve our veteran’s changing needs, OSDRI is constructing a new Veteran Service Center with space permitting confidential client counseling and employment training classes.  An additional 4 units of housing is also being constructed for low-income veterans.