APPLY NOW! Second veteran's home proceeding along; applications sought

The second home being developed as part of the new Veterans Homes Program in the City of Taylor, located on Polk Street south of Goddard Road, continues to move along on schedule, and the City also is looking for more applications from veterans interested in seeking a home.

The program awarded its first renovated home, located in the 6300 block of Oldham Street, to the Blaine Hicks family in late October. Click here to read the story about that presentation in The News-Herald Newspapers.

Hicks is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a former U.S. Postal Service worker who retired in 1997 due to a heart attack.

A house on Polk Street is the next to be renovated as part of the program. Contributors to the effort are Al's Asphalt, Clopay Garage Doors, Courtney Painting (John Courtney and Shawn Case), Custom Building (Rob Bartram), Enchanted Makeovers (Terry Grahl), Gerald Smith Electrical (Gerald Smith), Gibbons Home Improvement (Jeremy Gibbons), Masco Cabinetry, Reflections Building (Dan McCulean), Simpson Construction (Scott Simpson), Swanson Construction (Mike Swanson), and Wallside Windows.

Applications by qualifying veterans are needed for the new Polk Street home as well as others planned for future renovation. Several organizations – led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4422, the City of Taylor, and Home Depot – are at the centerpiece of the campaign, but even more are needed to help spread the word that these types of homes are available to veterans.

Applications are easy to get and easy to fill out. They can be picked up at Taylor City Hall during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, or can be obtained in electronic form by sending an email to Communications & Marketing Director Karl Ziomek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applicants need not be Taylor residents. Anyone qualifying to apply needs to not only fill out the application and return it to City Hall, but must present a copy of their veteran's DD-214 with their completely filled out application form.

Support has taken plenty of different shapes and forms during this campaign. For instance, the Hicks home had behind-the-scenes supporters who donated things like appliances. Enchanted Features handles much of the decor work from beginning to end, including some painting and pictures that turn the house into a true home.

The Polk Street home has an extremely large backyard, which could be difficult to cut with a regular mower. If a company or organization would like to donate some type of riding mower – whether it is new or used – the program would be happy to accept it.

Veterans interested in the program should take note of the following stipulation: If you are single and living alone, your annual income must be $22,500 or less. For a two-person household, that number is $25,800; for a three-person household, it's $29,000; four-person, $32,200; five-person, $34,800; six-person, $37,400; seven-person, $39,950; and eight-person, $42,550.

Former Post 4422 Commander Herman "Butch" Ramik conceived the idea for the program two years ago and worked through Home Depot to get a $20,000 grant. 

Contact the Taylor Community Development Office at 1-734-287-6550 for further information.