December 17, 2014
On Tuesday, December 16th, Arthur Thomas, a disabled veteran, and his wife Charlene received a mortgage-free home in the Kingwood neighborhood of Houston. The Thomas's are the latest family to benefit from TSAHC's Affordable Communities of Texas Veterans Housing Initiative (ACT-VET). The ACT-VET program is part of a national initiative created by Bank of America whose purpose is to rehabilitate vacant homes and provide affordable homeownership opportunities for disabled veterans.
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.
Former PFC Arthur Thomas is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served honorably for nearly six years. During his service, he 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.
Pictured left to right: Deja Thomas, daughter; David Danenfelzer, TSAHC Manager of Development Finance; Steven Thomas, son; Liz Bayless, TSAHC Executive Vice President; Arthur Thomas, veteran; Charlene Thomas, veteran; Robert Jones, TSAHC Board Chair; Janie Taylor, TSAHC Development and Strategic Communications Manager; and Katie Claflin, TSAHC Senior Development Coordinator.