Farenthold Co-Sponsors Legislation to Require HUD to Make Grants Eligible to Veteran Organizations

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Washington, April 29, 2016 | Elizabeth Peace (202.225.7742) | comments

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27) co-sponsored legislation today to allow veteran organizations classified as a 501(c)(19) non-profit organization to be eligible for grant funding through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). H.R. 2218, the REVAMP Act, sponsored by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY-27), amends the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to require the Department of Housing and Urban Development to make competitive grants to eligible veterans’ service organizations for repairs or rehabilitation of existing facilities, and acquiring or upgrading computers and technology for those facilities.

“This bill does not increase government spending, but instead allows for a common sense approach to use existing funds to help VFWs and other veteran organizations whose primary purpose is to help veterans,” Congressman Farenthold said. “Helping them keep the lights on, repair crippling roofs and heat the buildings is the least we can do for all they’ve given to this country.”

Veteran organizations would still have to apply for the grants just as other non-profit organizations do. The money is then distributed to organizations that show the most need.


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