CVCAA Awarded Two Grants Through Texas Veterans Commission

In Summer 2023, Concho Valley Community Action Agency was awarded its first General Veteran’s Assistance grant through the Texas Veterans Commission, which aimed at filling gaps in services for veterans, surviving spouses, and active-duty service members. This program assisted eligible households with rent, mortgage, utilities, car payments/insurance, restorative dental, and even funeral costs.

After assisting 42 households within our first grant year, we are proud to announce that the Texas Veterans Commission approved our general assistance grant renewal and voted to approve our second grant to assist with ADA accessibility and safety modifications. Both grants will allow CVCAA to stabilize families and enhance the quality of life for veterans in the Concho Valley region.

Deciding to narrow the scope of services to focus on the highest needs, CVCAA’s renewed Housing, Utility, and Transportation Program will work to alleviate the financial burden on veterans, ensuring they have access to stable housing, reliable transportation, and connected electricity, gas, and/or propane. For both programs, discharge status and length of service do not determine eligibility.

The second grant, our Housing Accessibility and Safety Modifications Program, is dedicated to making homes safer for low-income veterans and more accessible for veterans with disabilities. This includes ADA modifications to improve mobility within the home and critical repairs to prevent weather-related damage. Home modifications could include ramps for wheelchairs, bathroom adjustments for accessibility, or repairing holes in the home. These modifications and repairs are essential for creating a safe and comfortable living environment for veterans, allowing them to maintain their independence and quality of life.

"We are incredibly grateful to the Texas Veterans Commission for their generous support," said Mike Burnett, Executive Director of CVCAA. "These grants will make a significant impact in the lives of our local veterans, helping them to overcome challenges and improve their living conditions. Our veterans have given so much for our country, and it is our honor to give back to them in this meaningful way."

At the same time, major strides are happening in the community to address the growing number of unsheltered veterans. In June 2024, the City of San Angelo City Council voted to support the resolution to “End Veteran Homelessness”, being led by the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition. This program comes from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which outlines the criteria and protocols. The approved resolution is below.

RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF SAN ANGELO TO END
VETERAN HOMELESSNESS

WHEREAS, homelessness among veterans has increased nationwide by over 7%,
reaching 35,574 in 2023; and
WHEREAS, veteran homelessness in San Angelo jumped from 8 to 12 over the same
period; and
WHEREAS, freedom is not free and the men and women who have served in the
military to keep our nation safe from foreign threats deserve access to affordable housing; and
WHEREAS, the City of San Angelo dedicated American Rescue Plan funds in the
amount of $554,410 to renovate an apartment complex to house homeless Veterans, and
$100,000 for case management; and
WHEREAS, the Concho Valley Homeless Coalition member organizations provide
resources and programs to assist homeless Veterans.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF SAN ANGELO CITY COUNCIL:
Section 1. The City of San Angelo is committed to ending Veteran homelessness following
the Housing First model.
Section 2. City supports the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition in their efforts to:
a. Identify all homeless Veterans within a 90-day period beginning on July 1st.
b. Provide shelter immediately to all homeless Veterans who want it.
c. Establish plans, partnerships, and system capacity should a Veteran become
homeless or be at risk of becoming homeless.
ADOPTED AND APPROVED this 4th day of June 2024.

 

Between the San Angelo Housing Authority and Concho Valley Community Action Agency, Veterans will be offered assistance with programs like HUD-VASH or Rapid Rehousing. Once every willing veteran has been housed, the City of San Angelo can announce that we have ended veteran homelessness, like many other cities that have completed the requirements set forward by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Of course, even with veterans housed, that would still leave a population of over 150 unsheltered individuals in the Concho Valley.

Concho Valley Community Action Agency is committed to serving the needs of veterans and their families. With these grants, CVCAA will be able to expand its services and reach more veterans in need. We encourage any veteran in the Concho Valley region who needs assistance to apply at www.cvcaa.org/veterans. For veterans who are uncertain they qualify, please still complete an application and turn in the required documents, as we may be able to assist you.

 

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This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.tvc.texas.gov.