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Veterans Housing | Adaptive Housing Benefits

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What is the program?

The VA provides grants to service members and veterans with permanent and total service-connected disabilities to purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability.

 

Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant

  • Can be used to construct an adapted home on land to be acquired, build a home on land already owned, remodel an existing home, or help pay the principal mortgage balance of an adapted home acquired without a VA grant
  • Assistance is limited to 1 house
  • Also known as 2101(a) Grants
  • Maximum grant amounts are set each year on October 1

 

Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant (may be referred to as the Adaptive Housing benefit)

  • Can be used to adapt an existing home the veteran owns and lives in, adapt a home that the veteran temporarily lives in and is owned by a family member, adapt a home the veteran intends to purchase and live in, or help the veteran purchase a home already adapted
  • Assistance is limited to 1 house
  • Also known as 2101 (b) Grants
  • Maximum grant amounts are set each year on October 1

 

Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant

  • Program of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS)
  • Assistance for home improvement necessary for continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities
  • Available to both veterans who have a service-connected disability and veterans who have a medical condition (not always a disability) that requires home modifications.
    • Eligibility category I:  service-connected disability OR non-service-connected condition of a veteran rated 50% or more service connected
    • Eligibility category II:  all other veterans registered in the VA healthcare system
  • Can be used concurrently with SAH/SHA grant

 

Eligibility

A disability rating decision (as determined by the Veterans Service Center) determines if the veteran is medically eligible for an SAH or SHA grant.  Additional criteria (medical, property, and financial feasibility) are assessed during an interview with an assigned Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Agent to determine if the veteran will receive a grant.

 

Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant

  • Veteran must have a permanent and total service-connected disability.
  • Benefit may not be used more than three times, up to the maximum dollar amount available
  • Home must be owned by the eligible individual

 

Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant

  • Veteran must have a permanent and total service-connected disability.
  • Benefit may not be used more than three times, up to the maximum dollar amount available
  • Home must be owned by the eligible individual OR family member

 

Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant

  • Veterans must have a medical determination indicating that improvements/alterations are necessary.  Prescription from a VA or fee-basis physician.  Must include specific items required, diagnosis with medical justification, veteran’s name, address, SSN, phone numbers

 

How does it work in TBB?

Clients can apply for adaptive housing benefits using the Application for VA Housing Benefits.

 

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