On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, former Private First Class Arthur Thomas, a disabled military veteran, and his wife Charlene received a mortgage-free home in the Kingwood neighborhood of Houston. During his six years of service, Mr. Thomas completed two tours of duty, both in South Korea. He contracted a service-related illness while in South Korea, which has since worsened. After his discharge he suffered a severe injury that prevented him from being able to work. Mrs. Thomas is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, where she served honorably for two years and completed a tour of duty in Germany.
Bank of America generously donated the home, in partnership with the National Community Stabilization Trust. TSAHC partnered with Houston area nonprofit WOMAN, Inc. to perform the necessary repairs on the home and connect the Thomas family to the program.
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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas received their home through TSAHC’s Affordable Communities of Texas-Veterans Housing Initiative (ACT-VET). TSAHC’s ACT-VET program is part of a nationwide, multi-partner initiative whose purpose is to rehabilitate vacant homes to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to disabled veterans.
TSAHC maintains a list of ACT-VET properties that are available at a discounted rate of 25% off the listing price to disabled and/or low-to-moderate income veterans. Veterans who are low-to-moderate income and are fully disabled may be eligible to receive the home as a donation. TSAHC encourages local veterans services providers, Realtors®, and housing partners to advertise these properties to veterans who may qualify.