Certain veterans and servicemembers with service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant from VA to help build a new specially adapted house, to adapt a home they already own, or buy a house and modify it to meet their disability-related requirements. Eligible veterans or service members may now receive up to three grants, with the total dollar amount of the grants not to exceed the maximum allowable. Previous grant recipients who had received assistance of less than the current maximum allowable may be eligible for an additional SAH grant.
Eligibility for up to $63,780: VA may approve a grant of not more than 50 percent of the cost of building, buying, or adapting existing homes or paying to reduce indebtedness on a currently owned home that is being adapted, up to a maximum of $63,780. In certain instances, the full grant amount may be applied toward remodeling costs. Veterans and service members must be determined eligible to receive compensation for permanent and total service-connected disability due to one of the following:
- 1. Loss or loss of use of both lower extremities, such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or a wheelchair.
- 2. Loss or loss of use of both upper extremities at or above the elbow.
- 3. Blindness in both eyes, having only light perception, plus loss or loss of use of one lower extremity
- 4. Loss or loss of use of one lower extremity together with (a) residuals of organic disease or injury, or (b) the loss or loss of use of one upper extremity which so affects the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the use of braces, canes, crutches or a wheelchair.
- 5. Severe burn injuries
Eligibility for up to $12,756: VA may approve a grant for the cost, up to a maximum of $12,756, for necessary adaptations to a veteran’s or servicemember’s residence or to help them acquire a residence already adapted with special features for their disability, to purchase and adapt a home, or for adaptations to a family member’s home in which they will reside.
To be eligible for this grant, veterans and service members must be entitled to compensation for permanent and total service-connected disability due to one of the following:
- 1. Blindness in both eyes with 5/200 visual acuity or less.
- 2. Anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands.
- 3. Severe burn injuries.
- Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA): Eligible veterans and service members who are temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member may also receive a TRA grant to help the veteran or service member adapt the family member’s home to meet his or her special needs. Those eligible for a $63,780 grant would be permitted to use up to $14,000 and those eligible for a $12,756 grant would be permitted to use up to $2,000. Grant amounts will also be adjusted annually based on a cost-of-construction index.
The first adjustment occurred on Oct. 1, 2009, with future adjustments each Oct. 1 thereafter. These adjustments will increase the grant amounts or leave them unchanged; they will not decrease the grant amounts. The maximum amount for a TRA grant is not indexed and remains unchanged. The property may be located outside the United States, in a country or political subdivision which allows individuals to have or acquire a beneficial property interest, and in which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in his or her discretion, has determined that it is reasonably practicable for the Secretary to provide assistance in acquiring specially adapted housing. For more information on the use of such grants, contact Brian Bixler, Specially Adapted Housing via e-mail at email@example.com.