Mayor's Office Press Release
New State Veterans Home Planned for Houston
June 1, 2016 -- The City of Houston has completed the purchase of a 17.83 acre tract of land on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. between Beltway 8 and Schurmier Road that will be the site of a state-of-the-art Texas State Veterans Home. The city will donate the land to the Texas Veterans Land Board for the construction of a 136,000 square-foot, single-story community living center providing 120 skilled nursing beds, including a 30-bed memory support unit. The $35 million project is funded by the State of Texas and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“The city is proud to help facilitate this project,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Houston and Harris County are home to the largest veteran population Texas. These men and women and their families have sacrificed so much on our behalf. We owe it to them to do all that we can to make sure they have access to quality healthcare.”
An estimated 180,000 veterans reside in Harris County, and approximately 67,800 of those vets are over the age of 65. Twenty percent or more of the over 65 population will likely require five years or more of long-term care. There are currently not enough beds available in Harris County to meet that demand.
The design of the home is based on a “small house” concept with three small houses combined in a larger building. Each small house will accommodate 10 residents and include a kitchen, dining room and living room as well as access to an outdoor garden and patio with shaded seating. The intent is to create a home-like environment. A community center will house central administrative and support units, a multi-purpose room, bistro, library and chapel.
“One of the great privileges of serving as Texas Land Commissioner is fulfilling my Constitutional duty as the Chairman of the Veterans Land Board and overseeing this area of our state’s veterans programs, including management of eight VLB Texas State Veterans Homes statewide,” Commissioner George P. Bush said. “As a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, I take this responsibility very seriously, which is why this year, we’ve taken steps at the Veterans Land Board to do more for those who have done so much for us. Honoring our veterans requires a commitment from all levels of government. I am proud of the partnership the VLB and City of Houston are forming in order to build a new Texas State Veterans Home in Harris County and demonstrate to our veterans and their families that we appreciate the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms.
Once completed, the home will employ between 140 and 160 permanent full-time nurses, administrative staff, food service help and maintenance personnel. The city will work with the state to construct the road and utilities needed for the project.