$10,000 HAVEN grant helps Texas veteran repair his home

First National Bank Texas and FHLB Dallas Fund Home Repairs

LUBBOCK, Texas, November 04, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. military veteran Angel Flores traveled the world as a member of the Marine Corps, Army and National Guard before retiring from medical treatment in 2014.

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Representatives from First National Bank of Texas, the office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, the office of State Representative Jodey Arrington and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas joined in awarding a military veteran $10,000 in housing assistance for veterans. (Photo: BusinessWire)

Mr. Flores’ years of service lasted 16 years, from 1998 to 2014. During this period, he got married and started a family. He bought a house after returning to his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

His family, which includes a teenager and two adult children who work and go to school, endured nearly two years of both hot and cold extremes without a central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. .

“We’ve relied on window units and space heaters for years,” Flores said. “It wasn’t an ideal solution, but it was what we could afford.”

Now Mr. Flores has a new HVAC system thanks to a $10,000 Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) grant from First National Bank Texas (FNBT) and Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. (FHLB Dallas).

“With the onset of winter, we are so grateful to have been selected for the HAVEN grant and to finally have a working system again. We can be so much more comfortable in our home now,” said he declared. “My family and I are very grateful for this help from FNBT and FHLB Dallas. It has truly been a godsend.”

HAVEN assists with necessary modifications to homes for U.S. veterans and active duty, reserve, or National Guard members who have become disabled as a result of military service since September 11, 2001. Alternatively, funds may be awarded to Gold Star families who have been affected during this time for home repairs/rehabilitations.

Representatives from both banks joined the Flores family for a check presentation at Flores’ home. The event was also attended by staff member Joel Riedel, from the office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and staff member Kaci Morris from the office of State Representative Jodey Arrington (TX-19).

April Niswonger, assistant vice president of FNBT, said being able to share this experience with others is rewarding.

“As a community bank, being awarded this HAVEN grant has been a life-changing experience for us. We are equally thrilled that Mr. Flores has these home renovations, which will now increase the level of comfort in the home,” said- she declared. “Caring for veterans and their families is a priority for us, and the HAVEN grant through FHLB Dallas is a great way to achieve that goal.”

Greg Hettrick, senior vice president and director of community investment at FHLB Dallas, says HAVEN is a unique program because it specifically reaches military veterans and their families.

“It takes strong community partners like FNBT to disburse HAVEN grants and help those who have served,” he said. “HAVEN is a great tool for our members to invest in their communities while helping the men and women of the armed forces.”

About First National Bank Texas

First National Bank Texas (FNBT) is committed to providing its customers with quality financial products and services. The bank was founded in 1901 in the town of Killeen, Central Texas, and has grown to more than $3.7 billion in assets and operates in more than 340 locations in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and New Mexico.

About Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

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 $77.7 billion as of June 30, 2022, serves approximately 800 members and associated institutions in our five-state district of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. FHLB Dallas offers financial products and services, including advances (loans to members) and grant programs for affordable housing and economic development. For more information visit our website at fhlb.com.

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