Specially Adapted Housing Program

Overview
The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) program offers grants to Servicemembers and Veterans with certain severe service-connected disabilities. The grants assist with building, remodeling or purchasing an adapted home.

What Is a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant?

The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant helps disabled Veterans and Servicemembers enjoy barrier-free living. One example is a wheelchair accessible home. This can provide an independent living that might not otherwise be possible.

The current maximum grant amount is $85,645. It must be used for the purpose of constructing or modifying a home to meet adaptive needs. The maximum grant amount adjusts annually, so please visit the website https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp

Veterans and Service members with specific service-connected disabilities may be eligible. You must be entitled to disability compensation due to:
  • Loss or loss of use of both legs
  • Unable to move around without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or a wheelchair
  • Blindness in both eyes, plus loss or loss of use of one leg
  • Loss of loss of use of one leg, and:
    -Residuals of organic disease or injury OR
    -Loss or loss of use of one arm, affecting balance and ability to move without aid
  • Loss or loss of use of both arms at or above the elbows
  • Severe burn injury

What Is a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant?

The Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant can be used to increase your mobility throughout your residence. The current maximum grant amount is $17,130. The maximum grant amount adjusts annually, so please visit the website https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp.

Veterans and Service members with specific service-connected disabilities may be eligible. You must be entitled to disability compensation due to one of the following:
  • Blindness in both eyes with 20/200 visual acuity or less in the better eye with the use of a corrective lens
  • Anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands or arms below the elbow
  • Severe burn injury

What Is a Temporary Residence Assistance (TRA) Grant?

You can receive a temporary SAH/SHA grant to adapt the home of a family member. The maximum amount available to adapt a family members home for the SAH grant is $37,597 and for the SHA grant is $6,713. The maximum grant amounts adjust annually, so please visit the website https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp.

What Is a Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant?

If you are a Servicemember or Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability, you may be entitled to a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant or a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant. The table below provides an overview of VA's housing grant programs for Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities.
  • Service-connected disabilities: home improvement benefits up to $6,800
  • Non-service-connected disabilities: home improvement benefits up to $2,000
Learn more about HISA grants at http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/HISA2.asp

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) - Housing Adaptation Assistance

VR&E may provide home adaptations to individuals who are not currently able to work because of the effects of their service-connected disabilities, or who require adaptations to achieve a vocational goal. The benefits are limited to those required to improve independence at home and/or in the community. Home adaptations up to $85,645 may be provided as part of an approved rehabilitation plan.

Please visit www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/independent_living.asp to learn more about VR&E home adaptation grants and apply for VR&E benefits, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab.asp.
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