On September 7, 2023, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) presented 31 grants totaling $6,990,000 in grants to 26 organizations for providing services to approximately 5,370 Gulf Coast area veterans and their families. The presentation was made by TVC Commissioner and Army veteran Kevin Barber at Houston – Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, 3303 Main St, Houston, Texas.
The FVA Gulf Coast Region is a multicounty area ranging from Walker County in the north to Matagorda County in the south, and Colorado County in the west to Chambers in the east. For all counties, see map*
The grant recipients and their services include:
|Organization||Grant Amount||Service Provided|
|Brazoria County Veterans Court Program||$75,000||Veterans Treatment Court|
|Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc.||$300,000||Clinical Counseling|
|Family Service Center of Houston and Harris County||$300,000||Financial Assistance|
|Fort Bend County||$135,000||Clinical Counseling|
|Fort Bend County||$300,000||Financial Assistance|
|Ft Bend Snr Citizens Meals On Wheels & Much More||$180,000||Support Services|
|Galveston County||$250,000||Veterans Treatment Court|
|Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity||$200,000||Home Modification|
|Grace After Fire||$100,000||Peer Support Services|
|Grace After Fire||$150,000||Financial Assistance|
|Harris County||$300,000||Financial Assistance|
|Houston Area Urban League||$300,000||Financial Assistance|
|Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.||$150,000||Pro Bono Legal Services|
|Impact A Hero||$145,000||Financial Assistance|
|Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston||$250,000||Supportive Services|
|Katy Christian Ministries||$200,000||Financial Assistance|
|Liberty County||$50,000||Financial Assistance|
|Liberty County||$45,000||Veterans Treatment Court|
|Lone Star Legal Aid||$300,000||Pro Bono Legal Services|
|Meals on Wheels Montgomery County||$300,000||Supportive Services|
|Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity, Inc||$180,000||Home Modification|
|Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Program||$200,000||Veterans Treatment Court|
|Northwest Assistance Ministries||$300,000||Financial Assistance|
|PRECINCT2GETHER INC||$160,000||Support Services|
|PTSD Foundation of America||$495,000||Peer Support Services|
|Rebuilding Together Houston||$500,000||Home Modification|
|Santa Maria Hostel, Inc.||$75,000||Homeless Veteran Support|
|Spindletop Center||$300,000||Clinical Counseling|
|Spindletop Center||$300,000||Financial Assistance|
|United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS)||$150,000||Clinical Counseling|
|United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS)||$300,000||Homeless Veteran Support|
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Commissioners approved these grant awards in May as part of an overall grant program providing grants, totaling over $36.3 million to over 135 organizations across Texas and estimated to serve more than 81,770 veterans.
Since 2009 through the current 2023-2024 grant cycle, over $270 million in grant funding has been awarded through 1,255 FVA grants, serving an estimated 481,000 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 Gulf Coast Region