VA Announces Increases to Special Housing Adaptations Grants
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers grants and assistance programs to veterans with qualifying disabilities. There are two programs designed to help these veterans make permanent alterations to a residence in order to be more accessible, and one grant that can help make less permanent changes.
The “less permanent” changes program is called the Temporary Residence Adaptation Grant. The two other programs are known as Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) and the Special Housing Adaptations grant (SHA). The VA official site says of these two grants:
“SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. SAH grants can be used in one of the following ways:
- Construct a specially adapted home on land to be acquired
- Build a home on land already owned if it is suitable for specially adapted housing
- Remodel an existing home if it can be made suitable for specially adapted housing
- Apply the grant against the unpaid principal mortgage balance of an adapted home already acquired without the assistance of a VA grant
SHA grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities adapt or purchase a home to accommodate the disability. You can use SHA grants in one of the following ways:
- Adapt an existing home the veteran or a family member already owns in which the Veteran lives
- Adapt a home the veteran or family member intends to purchase in which the Veteran will live
- Help a veteran purchase a home already adapted in which the veteran will live”
The VA has announced increases in Special Housing Adaptations (SHA), and Temporary Residence Adaptations (TRA) Grants. “In order to match the Turner cost of construction increase of 4.307 percent, the maximum grant amounts for veterans and servicemembers eligible for housing assistance.”
According to the VA official site, the following maximum grant amounts apply:
a. $70,465 – for individuals eligible under Section 2101(a);
b. $14,093 – for individuals eligible under Section 2101(b);
c. $30,934 – for individuals eligible under Section 2101A(b)(1); and
d. $5,523 – for individuals eligible under Section 2101A(b)(2).
To learn how these changes may apply to you or whether you’re eligible for these grants, contact the VA directly by calling 1-800-827-1000.
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