HOUSING GRANTS FOR DISABLED VETERANS

The VA has grants for Servicemembers and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or to modify an existing home to accommodate a disability. Two grant programs exist; the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

The Specially Adapted Housing Grant help vets with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. These grants may be used to build an adapted home on land you’re planning to purchase; build a home on land already owned if it is suitable for specially adapted housing; or to remodel an existing home if it can be made suitable for specially adapted housing. You may also apply the grant against the unpaid principal mortgage of an adapted home already acquired without the assistance of a VA grant.

The Special Housing Adaptation Grant helps vets with certain service-connected disabilities adapt or purchase a home to accommodate the disability. You can use the SHA grants to adapt an existing home that you or a family member already owns in which you live; or to adapt a home you or a family member intends to purchase in which you will live; or to help you purchase a home already adapted in which you’ll live.

The SAH and SHA benefit amount is set by law, but may be adjusted upward annually based on a cost-of-construction index. The maximum dollar amount allowable for SAH grants in fiscal year 2014 is $13,511. No individual may use the grant benefit more than three times up to the maximum dollar amount allowable.

A temporary grant may be available to SAH/SHA eligible Veterans and Servicemembers 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 $5,295.

To apply, you must complete and submit a VA Form 26-4555. You can find this form on line at www.ebenefits.va.gov or by calling the VA at 1-800-827-1000.

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