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Habitat for Humanity of Smith County has received grant money to help veterans in rural areas of East Texas make critical repairs to their homes.

With the grant, Habitat will be able to repair six veterans’ homes who live in Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt, or Wood county.

The Housing Assist-ance Council selected Habitat to receive a $30,000 grant under the HAC Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans Initiative made possible through generous support from The Home Depot Foundation.

“We are pleased that Habitat for Humanity of Smith County continues to receive funding to help our veterans,” said Jack Wilson, Habitat CEO. “Our veterans made so many sacrifices for our country and it’s great that there are organizations out there who have these programs to allow our veterans to age safely in their own home.”

Renovations will assist veterans in making their homes accessible, healthy, and safe. Projects typically involve roof repairs, installing wheelchair ramps, installing floors that are level and modifications to bathrooms and kitchens.

Henderson County has recently become more involved in the Habitat's efforts to get grant money.

You can find the habitat application at smithcountyhabitat.org or call 903-595-6630.

The Smith County Habitat has already helped Henderson County residents on occasion. In 2017, A U.S. Marine Corps veteran in Murchison got a new roof with the help of Smith County Habitat and Owens Corning Platinum Contractors.

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