Adapted Housing Grants for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans
by Connie Neal, Housing and Environmental Design Specialist
Are you a Veteran with a severe service-connected disability that affects your mobility? Do you know someone who is? If you answered “Yes” to either question, then you or someone you know may be eligible for the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program that is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Specially Adapted Housing program helps certain severely-disabled Veterans and Service members purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home, to create a barrier-free-living environment. VA offers two grant programs: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.
The SAH grant can be used to purchase or modify a home so that it provides a barrier-free living environment that affords Veterans a higher level of independent living. Veterans and Service members with certain service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant up to the current maximum of $67,555.
The SHA grant can be used to increase the mobility of eligible Veterans and Service members throughout their home. Veterans and Service members with specific service-connected disabilities may be entitled to this type of grant, up to the current maximum of $13,511.
In addition to these two grant types, a temporary residential grant may be available to SAH/SHA eligible Veterans and Service members who are or will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member. The maximum amount available to adapt a family member’s home for the SAH grant is $29,657 and for the SHA grant, it is $5,295. All grant amounts are indexed annually based on cost of construction, and the grant amounts will never decrease.
VA has staff located nationwide to assist individuals in applying for and receiving these grants. You can find more detailed information about qualifying disabilities here:
http://benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp and you can find contact information for an SAH Agent in your area here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/contact_agents.asp.
Each Veteran’s housing/living needs are as unique as their physical abilities. The SAH program provides hands-on, personalized customized service to severely-disabled Veterans seeking home adaptations.