About Us

AMERICANS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (AFIL) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization for the sole purpose to build or modify housing using the Universal Designed specifications for the thousands of men and women veterans that have suffered major traumatic injuries since post 9/11. The Founders of this organization are not veterans themselves but have had family members who serve for our country and have firsthand knowledge that it takes the rest of the American people to do GOOD by those who have given us our FREEDOM!

The two Founders have spent most of their lives in the construction industry. They enjoy what they do and most of all they enjoy helping others. Since post 9/11 they have seen and heard a lot of the stories out there about our service men and women struggling to get the help they most GREATLY DESERVE. Our men and women who put their lives on the line for us and come back with a major disability from war, deserve a home. These homes should fit their needs and means for them and their family to strive as independently in their community as the rest of us do.

Our goal is to be able to shrink these cost down to a minimum or wipe them out completely. We the founders of this organization feel in our hearts that if every able individual in this country could help someone in need, either individually or through some organization by donating money, time or talent that this country would again be the, COUNTRY OF CHOICE throughout the world.




Meet Our Team

Timothy Combs

Executive Director/Founder

Teresa Tjaden

Director of Operations



Wendell Lupkes

Deanna Wheller

Len Searfoss

Arnold Boller


 Americans for Independent Living's Service Qualifications:

(per the federal guidelines for homeless veterans)

Applicant households must either be a Veteran or a member of a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household, is a Veteran. A Veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval, air service, Merchant Marines, or was activated by Presidential order and served in another state or country while in the National Guard or Reserves, and who was discharged or released where from under conditions other than dishonorable.

Provided the individual has served in the active military, naval, air service, National Guard, or Merchant Marines, and was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable, he or she qualifies as a “Veteran” for Americans for Independent Living's purposes.  

To be eligible for AFIL homelessness prevention assistance, each of the following conditions must be met.  

  Very low-income: Household gross annual income does not exceed 50% of area median income based on the income limits most recently published at

            Imminently at-risk of literal homelessness:  Applicant households must (1) be imminently losing their primary nighttime residence, (2) have no other residence, and (3) not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from becoming literally homeless.  To further qualify for services under category 1, the grantee must (4) document that the participant meets at least one of the following conditions:

a)    Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;

b)    Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;

c)    Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance;

d)    Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government programs for low-income individuals;

e)    Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, or correctional institution) without a stable housing plan;

f)     Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved screening tool.



2016 Annual Report

2016 990 Tax Form