“The sacrifices made by the veterans and their families who will benefit from these housing grants are nothing short of extraordinary” — Thomas Palladino, Executive Director of the Texas Veterans Commission.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announce the beginning of the “Housing4TexasHeroes” grant program during his address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 112th National Convention on Monday, August 29, 2011.
As part of his invited speech, he launched the program to help Texas veterans. “Housing4TexasHeroes” will help ensure veterans and their families have adequate housing as they ease back into civilian life and enjoy the blessings of liberty they have earned with their own valor and sacrifice”, said Gov. Perry . “That’s why, when we send them to war, we must give them every weapon and every resource to help them succeed. And when those heroes come home, many physically scarred, others emotionally, we must devote whatever resources are needed to help them heal and live fulfilling lives.”
Housing4TexasHeroes is a $3 million grant program that will assist veterans in buying, building, or renting a home. It will also build and rehabilitate housing to accommodate the special physical needs of veterans.The program will be administered by the Texas Veterans Commission for Veterans’ Assistance, which will provide the grants through organizations that already provide housing assistance to veterans and their families.
The Housing4TexasHeroes program is just another example of how Texas leads the nation in providing benefits and services, as well as health care for their veterans, spouses, and their dependents. This program will well serve qualified veterans who live in the Austin metro-plex area.
Information outlining the Housing4TexasHeroes program grant objectives, selection criteria, and application instructions can be found here. More information about the governor’s veterans’ initiatives may be found by visiting this website.
Note: all grant applications for Housing4TexasHeroes must be received by the Texas Veterans Commission no later than 5:00 PM Central Daylight Time on September 16, 2011.
Texas Veterans Commission
The mission of the Texas Veterans Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to Veterans and their families in the areas of claims assistance, employment services, education benefits and grant funding. Over 200 skilled counselors in 75 cities provide one-on-one guidance to Veterans and their families to ensure they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
The VFW advocates for benefits and other support systems for veterans, and has about 1.2 million members. Veterans or active duty personnel, who have received a campaign medal for overseas service or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay, are eligible to join VFW.