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VA Announces Increases to Special Housing Adaptations Grants

November 19, 2014

VA Announces Increases to Special Housing Adaptations Grants

108-logoThe 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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One Comment
  1. Dwayne Pennington

    I am a Vetran of 20 years retired Navy. I have been building my house on the property that i purchased. I am looking to get a grant or some kind of help from the VA. I am 90% complete with my 2000 square foot home with a garage, but i need that 10% more of money to finish it, so my wife and i would have a home to live in. Currently I am working as a contractor for the navy, and living in a travel trailer. My job is about to end, and im not ready to move in. Everything in my house has been contracted out and paid in full out of my pocket. No loans or anything is on the land or the home. Can you help me finish the home? Thank You Dwayne Pennington USN Retired

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