09 Sep Housing Grants for Veterans with Disabilities
For veterans and service members with a service-connected disability, it is common that changes to their home must be made to accommodate their disability. Unfortunately, the cost of making those changes is often significant. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides grants to assist veterans and service members with covering the cost of modifying or purchasing homes.
The VA has two grants available for veterans for help in the purchase or construction of an adapted home or to alter an already built house to accommodate the disability. The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant is intended for veterans with disabilities connected to their service in the military to help them exist without dependency in a home free of any barriers. The grant can be used for the following:
- Building an adapted home that will be acquired in the future
- Building a home that has already been purchased
- Remodeling an existing home
- Applying the grant to a mortgage of an adapted home that has already been purchased without the assistance of any VA grant
Alternatively, the VA also has a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant. This grant is used to find a home to accommodate a disability connected to the veteran’s service. SHA grants can be used in the following ways:
- Adapting a home, owned by the veteran or a relative, in which the veteran lives
- Adapting a home that the veteran will live in that will be purchased by the veteran or a family member
- Helping to purchase an adapted home that the veteran will live in
Value of the Grants
The benefit amount for each type of grant is set by law, but is adjusted annually based on the cost-of-construction index. For 2015, the maximum amount for SAH grants is $70,465 and the maximum amount for SHA grants is $14,093. A veteran or service member may use a grant benefit up to three times, up to the maximum dollar amount allowable. Additionally, a temporary grant is available for veterans who are or will be living in a home owned by a family member for a temporary period. The maximum amount for SAH grants is $30,934 and the maximum amount for SHA grants is $5,523.
For more information about the benefits available to disabled veterans and service members, speak with an experienced disabilities law attorney today. At the Klok Law Firm LLC, we proudly help our military members apply for the compensation they need. Please reach out to us as soon as possible to discuss your case and to learn how our skilled attorneys can be of assistance to you.