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Serving those who've served beyond Veterans Day

It’s good to be a veteran on Veterans Day. It’s one of the few days of the year most Americans openly demonstrate both their love of country and sincere appreciation for the service and sacrifice made by others.

But what happens when the fanfare ends? Some vets go back to their day-to-day lives filled with jobs, families and homes, while others struggle to hang on to those things, including housing.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual 2014 Point in Time count (hudexchange.info), veterans made up 9.5% of the total 28,495 homeless population in Texas.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”), with input from the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless (“TICH”) and the Texas Veterans Commission (“TVC”), is conducting a study on homelessness among veterans to be submitted to the Texas Legislature on Dec. 1, 2016.

The Study on Homelessness Among Veterans is required by Senate Bill 1580 (capitol.state.tx.us), 84thTexas Legislature, Regular Session. The study will be used to develop recommendations for the Texas Legislature for state programs and legislation to better serve veterans who are experiencing homelessness.

TDHCA, like many other entities, is working hard to help decrease the number of homeless vets. Through programs such as Emergency Solutions Grants, Community Services Block Grants and Housing Tax Credits we are achieving success.

Take Lonnie M. and Gregory H. for example, two veterans living in Houston receiving housing assistance from TDHCA. Read their stories below and learn how TDHCA is making an enormous difference in their quality of life.

Attitude and Gratitude

As he stands in his room at the Travis Street Plaza Apartments in Houston and reflects on his last 18 months of sobriety and the awards he has received, Lonnie M. can’t help but beam with pride.  Read more.

The Right Place for the Right Time

Sometimes a change in life finds you in a new place, and sometimes that may be exactly where you need to be - which just might be the case for Gregory H., who recently moved into the Travis Street Plaza Apartments in the spring of 2015.  Read more.


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