Houses ready to become veterans’ homes

Photo by James Mitchell
Shawn Courtney put his talents to work last week preparing walls in a house on Oldham Street that soon will be a home for a qualifying veteran. A former soldier in the U.S. Army himself, Courtney donated his time on behalf of Courtney & Courtney Painting to help the VFW-Home Depot Taylor Veteran Homes Project.

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — Eligible veterans have until Friday to submit applications for one of two homes being renovated courtesy of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4422, Home Depot and the city.

Last week volunteer workers from or on behalf of Home Depot Store 2789 began work on a vacant house on Oldham, fixing walls, painting and clearing the backyard. Plumbing and other work remains to be done on Oldham and at a second home on Polk, both of which had been owned by Taylor Cares, and through the Home Depot Foundation will be restored for deserving veterans.

Home Depot donated staff and supplies to restore cabinetry, walls, plumbing, electrical and other projects, and volunteer companies included Courtney & Courtney Painting.

A lottery among applicants will be conducted by VFW Post 4422. Post Commander Tom Lloyd said there are a number of local veterans returning from overseas service who need assistance.

“You simply cannot put a price tag on that,” Lloyd said in a statement.

Both homes should be ready for occupancy within a month. Interested veterans must meet low income eligibility requirements and have been honorably discharged.

For more information contact city hall at 734-374-1452 or in person at 23555 Goddard Road.

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