Auction Winner Scott Vaughn, Katy Perry, Veterans Matter Founder Ken Leslie

Auction Winner Scott Vaughn, Katy Perry and Veterans Matter Founder Ken Leslie

Thanks to the philanthropy of Katy Perry, 22 homeless veterans in Michigan and Texas will soon cross the threshold into permanent housing. Perry is a supporter of Veterans Matter, a growing national program that works with HUD and VA to house homeless veterans.  As part of its  fundraising efforts, Veterans Matter auctioned a Katy Perry Prizmatic Tour concert package with the winner, Scott Vaughn of Oakton, Virginia,  getting to be the superstar’s VIP guest with concert tickets and to meet her backstage before her recent tour stop in Cleveland.

“Thank you so much for helping Veterans Matter, it is so important that we help those who fought for our freedom,” Perry told a delighted Scott Vaughn.

His winning bid will enable Veterans Matter to fund housing deposits for 17 homeless veterans in Austin, Texas, and five in Detroit.

“It was an incredible night,” recalls the still ecstatic Vaughn. “When you meet Katy in person you see how nice, caring, and also how funny she truly is. With so many great causes that she supports, we are thankful that she also took the time and the interest, to help our homeless veterans,” he added.

Veterans Matter was formed in 2012 after its founder, Ken Leslie, heard that some Veterans were in need of deposits to move into permanent housing. Recently, Veterans Matter teamed up with a group of recording artists to bring attention to this hurdle for homeless Veterans.

Veterans Matter, a program of 1Matters, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with roots back to 1990, was started by founder Ken Leslie in 2012, after he learned that the biggest obstacle facing some 60,000 homeless veterans eligible for permanent housing assistance is the lack of a rental deposit, a component that is not covered by the HUD-VASH voucher assistance program.

Perry and a growing number of musicians and celebrities, including Ice-T, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, Dusty Hill, Kix Brooks, Stevie Nicks, and many others, as well as a national Cumulus Media supported radio campaign, are all working to help Veterans Matter raise awareness and funds to provide those deposits directly to the landlords.

“These homeless veterans have guaranteed long-term housing and the keys are jingling in their hands. All they need is the deposit to get them over the threshold. Katy and the others are helping us provide that final piece that pushes them over that threshold.” Leslie said.

With Perry’s donation, the group has  housed more than 400 veterans in six states so far. Veterans Matter is about to begin a national fundraising campaign to raise 1 million dollars to fund the next round of vouchers with a goal to house 1,200 more homeless veterans within the next year.

Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), VA helps Veterans who are chronically homeless for rental assistance through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.  VA provides HUD-VASH program participants with clinical and supportive services through VA’s health care system across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

While the HUD-VASH Program provides ongoing rental assistance, participants are required to pay their own security deposits.  Coming up with security deposits can be challenging for Veterans exiting homeliness.  Through their own goodwill and without government support, Veterans Matter offers security deposits to Veterans in need through their fundraising efforts such as Perry’s donation.

Visit and for more information and to join the campaign. Donate by texting VETS to 41444. For videos of the participating artists, visit

Ken Leslie is the founder of Veterans Matter.


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Published on Nov. 21, 2014

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  1. patrick jahnke November 25, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Its great some donate $$ question is how many of these group do give give back 95% what they get!! I CCC donate here thier but I never cc how a veteran can contact this groups to get help!! When I got my 100% disable I gave it to veteran service officer how help me. It in good hands, I seen many groups what money, but recross is last on lists, u donate 10 they take 6 then how ever needs it red tape. Like 911 salvation army was thier first, and last to leave . red cross got millions gave pennies. So watch out who do give too, thier some great one some get penny on a dollar.

  2. Jim Lay November 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Please let me know where to send a donation for my brothers and sisters. Thanks

  3. Gary McMahan November 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Good job Katie…

  4. Jalica November 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Ms. Perry this is a wonderful thing to see. when I lost my home to the banks, I did not believe I could regain my belief! Even as an Air Force widow, I provided a home for four; Only because my husband and I had a trailer and after his death, I paid off the VA loan, and purchased a home from his pay. The children are grown but no place to call home.

    I have no income enough to withstand the cost of a home. My daughter does not make very much but is trying to help. Is there a place for a family of three? Our social security and annuity helped us keep that home along with my duty as a veteran of the Air Guard…There is nothing left but to fight for my benefits that is taking a very long time since 2007. We live in anothers home. Can you help?

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