AUSTIN, TX – On September 8, 2022; the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) presented $655,000 in grants to six organizations for providing services to approximately 740 East Texas veterans and their families. The presentation was made by TVC Vice Chair and Air Force veteran Kimberlee Shaneyfelt in at Habitat for Humanity of Smith County in Tyler, Texas.
The FVA East Texas Region is a multicounty area ranging from Lamar, Red River and Bowie Counties in the north to Jefferson County in the south, and Henderson and Houston Counties in the west to counties along the Louisiana border in the east. For all counties, see map at end of release*
The grant recipients include:
Sabine Valley Regional MHMR Center is accepting a check for $50,000: This General Assistance Grant will provide veterans, veteran dependents and surviving spouses in 12 counties across this region with Supportive Services.
East Texas Council Of Governments is accepting a check for $100,000: This General Assistance Grant will provide veterans, veteran dependents and surviving spouses in 14 counties across this region with Transportation Programs and Services.
Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is accepting a check for $200,000: This Housing For Texas Heroes Grant will provide veterans and surviving spouses in Smith County with Home Modification Services.
Ark-Tex COG is accepting a check for $5,000: This General Assistance Grant will provide veterans in Lamar County with Transportation Programs and Services.
The Salvation Army – Lufkin is accepting a check for $100,000: This General Assistance Grant will provide veterans, veteran dependents and surviving spouses in Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties with Financial Assistance Services.
Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity is accepting a check for $200,000: This Housing For Texas Heroes Grant will provide veterans and surviving spouses in Gregg, Harrison and Upshur Counties with Home Modification Services.
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Commissioners approved these grant awards in May as part of an overall grant program providing 139 grants, totaling over $31.47 million to over 120 organizations across Texas and estimated to serve more than 22,000 veterans.
Since 2009 through the current 2022-2023 grant cycle, over $234 million in grant funding has been awarded through 1,100 FVA grants, serving an estimated 400,000 Texas veterans and their family members.
“We thank the members of the Texas Legislature for creating this grant program in 2009, and their continued support of all Texas veterans and their families,” said TVC Chairwoman and Navy veteran Laura Koerner.
The grants support a wide range of services from emergency financial assistance to transportation, legal services to family support services and home modification to rental and mortgage assistance. The TVC awards grants in five categories: General Assistance, Housing for Texas Heroes, Veterans Mental Health Grants, Veterans Treatment Courts and Veteran County Service Officers.
Veterans in need of assistance can find the organizations providing help in their area and how to contact them at https://www.tvc.texas.gov/grants/assistance/
Funding for these grants is generated primarily by the Texas Lottery Commission’s games designated for veteran support. Other sources of funding for the grants come from individual donation options on drivers’ licenses, licenses to carry a handgun, outdoor recreation licenses for hunting and fishing, and vehicle registrations.
Helping veterans starts here. The Texas Veterans Commission advocates for and provides superior service to veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families and survivors. The TVC assists veterans with receiving their benefits, provides funding to agencies which provide direct services to veterans and provides administration of the Hazlewood Act education benefits. Learn more at www.tvc.texas.gov .
*FVA East Texas Region