HATTIESBURG, Miss – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – U.S. Army veteran Thomas McLeod recently received a $ 10,000 Veterans Housing Assistance Grant (HAVEN) to make repairs to his home in Petal, Mississippi, a suburb of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The HAVEN grant was provided by BankPlus and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas). Wounded Warriors of Mississippi, a nonprofit group that helps veterans who have suffered service-related injuries, partnered Sergeant McLeod with the grant.
“I had a friend who had received the HAVEN grant, and I contacted Cheryl Bruce of Wounded Warriors of Mississippi to see if I qualified,” said Sgt. McLeod. “I found out I did. I am truly grateful for everything Wounded Warriors has done for me in helping me through this process.
The funding covered the replacement and painting of the trim on the house and the replacement of the underlying fascia. He also funded the installation of vinyl plank flooring in the house he shares with his wife and 16-year-old son.
Sergeant McLeod, 43, was 22 when he joined the military in 2000. His four years of service included tours in Afghanistan and Iraq in roles of forward observer, support specialist. fire and mine clearance.
HAVEN assists post-9/11 U.S. veterans, active duty military personnel, reservists, and members of the National Guard who have become disabled as a result of their post-9/11 service. It was recently expanded to help Gold Star families – those who have lost loved ones in military service since 9/11. Households with incomes equal to or less than 165% of the region’s median income may be eligible. To learn more about HAVEN, visit fhlb.com/haven.
The grant can be used for home repairs and modifications or to offset the cost of building a new home. HAVEN Grants are awarded by FHLB Dallas member institutions. For 2021, FHLB Dallas has made available $ 300,000 in HAVEN funds.
“We have worked with HAVEN for several years now and we continue to be touched by what our military personnel and their families endure to protect our freedoms,” said BankPlus Senior Vice President and Director of Affordable Housing Mark Ouellette. “We are honored to help Sergeant McLeod.
Greg Hettrick, senior vice president and director of community investment at FHLB Dallas, said the grants have a wide impact.
“When one of our members funds reparations for a military member or their family, it impacts not only the family, but everyone involved in the process. Providing these repairs is a way of saying thank you to our military and their families. ”
Founded in 1909, BankPlus is one of the leading regional banks in the South East serving consumers and businesses with the latest technology through a full range of financial services including retail banking, commercial banking, mortgages and wealth management. With total assets of approximately $ 5 billion, BankPlus operates 79 financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. For more information on BankPlus, visit bankplus.net.
About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 11 district banks in the FHLBank system established by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $ 61.1 billion as of March 31, 2021, is a co-operative owned by its members which supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced loans and other credit products to approximately 800 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. For more information, visit our website at fhlb.com.