Learn about the Specially Adapted Housing grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for disabled veterans.
Veterans and service members who have service-related disabilities may be eligible for Specially Adapted Housing grants from the VA to offset some or all of the costs of making homes accessible.
The VA provides several grant programs – the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant, the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant, the Temporary Residence (TRA) grant and the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant.
These programs aim to provide Veterans with a barrier-free living environment that delivers a level of independence the Veteran may not find in an un-adapted home.
A Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant is offered to eligible Veterans to construct or buy a specially adapted home on land that has already been purchased or is yet to be purchased.
Veterans receiving the grant may also remodel an existing structure to make it accessible or apply the funds against the unpaid principal of an already adapted home.
The current maximum grant amount is $109,986 for 2023. Applicants must use funds to construct or modify a home to meet adaptive needs and can be used up to six different times.
When it comes to eligibility for the SAH grant, you must be using the grant toward the home you currently own or will own and you must have a service-related disability.
Qualifying service-related disabilities for SAH grants include:
Similar to the SAH grant, the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant allows Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities to adapt an existing home the Veteran or family already owns or will own. The biggest difference between SHA and SAH grants is the amount of funds and what service-connected disabilities are eligible.
The current maximum Special Housing Adaptation grant amount is $22,036 for 2023. Just like the SAH grant, this can be used up to six times. This amount is adjusted annually based on the cost of construction index.
To qualify for the SHA grant, you or a family member must own or will own the home and you have a qualifying service-related disability, such as:
A Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) grant may be available to SAH and SHA eligible Veterans who are or will be temporarily residing in a family member's home. The additional TRA grant amount will depend on if you qualified for the SAH or SHA grant.
If you qualify for the SAH grant, the additional TRA amount is $44,299, and if you qualify for the SHA grant, the additional TRA amount is $7,910 for 2023.
The Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant is available for medically necessary improvements and alterations. In order to qualify for a HISA grant, the Veteran will need to submit an application that includes a prescription approved by a VA physician. This application will need to detail the specific improvements the home requires, and a medical justification for said alterations.
HISA grant funding can be used for the following home improvements:
The maximum amount for the HISA grant is $6,800 for Veterans who have a service-related condition rated 50% or more. The maximum HISA grant amount for Veterans without a service-connected disability is $2,000.
To apply for a grant, fill out and submit VA Form 26-4555, Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant. You can access this form by:
For more information, visit the official VA site.