The Texas Veteran’s Alliance, in order to address veterans housing issues, has recommended some issues to be placed on the agenda for the San Marcos City Council.
The alliance said San Marcos, being in close proximity to some of the largest military bases in the country, should embrace the means to recruit retired veterans, active duty soldiers, guard and other component soldiers and veterans. Those groups could use their Post 9-11 GI Bill or other VA (Veterans Administration) compensations and could be persuaded to move to San Marcos, if an initiative were made.
To encourage veterans to move to San Marcos, the alliance has created a Veterans Initiative, which, it said, is germane to city council business. The initiative includes allowing veterans to pay no money for utilities deposits if they are active in the military or can show copies of their honorable discharges.
The initiative additionally posits a city sponsored home buyer incentive program of a $5,000 non-repayable loan to veterans or soldiers looking to buy homes or town homes in San Marcos. This alliance said the program should be as open as possible to include combat veterans, non-combat veterans, active duty or guard, with the caveat that discharged veterans would have an honorable discharge.
The program’s funds, under the Alliance recommendation, would be administered by the city’s development services department with the city as the final arbiter on how much funding to set aside for the program.
The intiative said the Veterans Administration (VA) grant program pays up to 65 percent of the cost of construction, renovation, or acquisition of a building used as a center or transitional housing for veterans. The VA provides grants and per diem funds to operate community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. More information is available on this program at www.va.gove/homeless/.
The alliance has announced that San Marcos Councilmember Chris Jones endorses the Veterans Initiative.
The alliance is also looking for an Associate Student Government (ASG) Senator to support the institution of an ASG Veterans Liason position.