Four local organizations received a combined $725,000 in grants from the Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance for providing services to over 500 Tyler area veterans.
Texas Veterans Commission Commissioner Kimberlee Shaneyfelt ceremonially presented the checks to representatives from the organizations on Wednesday at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility on Front Street.
These grants support a wide range of services for veterans such as housing, food, financial aid, clinical counseling and job skills training, according to a commission news release.
The grant recipients and their services include:
- Jake E’s Riding Round Up accepted a $75,000 Veterans Mental Health Grant for Clinical Counseling Services serving 25 veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Henderson, Ellis, Van Zandt, Dallas, Collin, Fannin and Grayson counties.
- Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity accepted a $150,000 Housing 4 Texas Heroes Grant for Home Modification Assistance serving 13 veterans and surviving spouses in Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties.
- Habitat for Humanity of Smith County accepted a $200,000 Housing 4 Texas Heroes Grant for Home Modification Assistance serving 27 veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood counties.
- Community Services of Northeast Texas Inc. accepted a $300,000 General Assistance Grant for Financial Assistance serving 452 veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Rains, Red River and Titus counties.
Funding for these grants is generated primarily by the Texas Lottery Commission’s games designated for veteran support, according to the news release.