Specially Adapted Housing for Disabled Veterans

To help certain severely disabled veterans acquire a home which is suitably adapted to meet the special needs of their disabilities.



Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Applicants should communicate with the nearest VA Regional Office.

Case development and assistance will be provided by the VA office with jurisdiction over the location of the property involved.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses of these offices listed under Department of Veterans Affairs.

Information may be obtained from the nearest Regional Office by calling toll-free 1-800- 827-1000.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016 grants were made to 2,037 disabled Veterans. Fiscal Year 2017: In 2017 grants were made to 2,389 disabled Veterans. Fiscal Year 2018: Estimated grants made to disabled Veterans in 2018 is 2,389.

Uses and Use Restrictions

a. The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program helps Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment.

SAH grants can be used in one of the following ways: (1) construct a suitable home on suitable land either already owned or to be acquired by the veteran, or (2) remodel an existing home if it can be suitably adapted, or (3) acquire a suitably adapted home or reduce the outstanding mortgage on a suitably adapted home already owned by the veteran. b.

The Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant program helps veterans with certain service-connected disabilities adapt or purchase a home to accommodate the disability.

SHA grants can be used in one of the following ways: (1) adapt an existing home the veteran or a family member already owns in which the veteran lives; (2) adapt a home the veteran or family member intends to purchase in which the veteran will live; (3) help a veteran purchase a home already adapted in which the veteran will live.

c.

.

The Temporary Residence Adaptations (TRA) program provides adaptation assistance to veterans who are residing, but do not intend to permanently reside, in the a residence owned by a family member.

If a veteran is otherwise eligible for SAH or SHA, the assistance is limited.

d.

SAH and SHA grants may be used up to three times, as long as the aggregate grant amount does not exceed the statutory dollar limitation.

TRA grants may only be used once (and count as a grant usage for purposes of the limit of three), and the amount of assistance provided will be subtracted from the veteran's available statutory maximum.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For a SAH grant, veterans are eligible if they are entitled to disability compensation for a permanent, total, and service-connected disability due to:(1) loss or loss of use of both lower extremities, such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, canes, crutches, or a wheelchair; (2) blindness in both eyes, having only light perception, plus loss or loss of use of one lower extremity; (3) loss or loss of use of one lower extremity, together with residuals of organic disease or injury, or the loss or loss of use of one upper extremity, which so affect the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair; or (4) loss or loss of use, of both upper extremities such as to preclude use of the arms at or above the elbows; (5) a severe burn injury.

It must be medically feasible for the veteran to reside in the particular home involved.

For an SHA grant, veterans are eligible if they are entitled to disability compensation for a permanent and total service -connected disability that (1) is due to blindness in both eyes with 5/200 visual acuity or less, or (2) includes the anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands, or (3) a severe burn injury.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Permanently and totally disabled veterans.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Initial application for determination of basic eligibility may be made on VA Form 26-4555 to the VA egional office holding the veteran's claim folder. Veterans can also apply through eBenefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage. After eligibility is determined, a VA employee will personally assist the veteran throughout subsequent processing, including advice on a suitable house plan and lot, adaptive features, location of a qualified architect and builder, and submission of the documents necessary for final grant approval.

Award Procedures

The VA Regional Office releases the grant proceeds after conditions of the contract and grant approval are fulfilled.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Veterans' Housing Opportunity and Benefits Improvement Act of 2006, Public Law 109-233, 38 U.S.C 2101-2106.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Initial interview completed within 30 days of determination of eligibility. Grant approval timeline varies and is dependent upon veteran's desires to move forward with securing contractors and drafting construction plans.

Appeals

Denial of eligibility is appealable through the Board of Veterans' Appeals. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. The SAH and SHA benefit amount is set by law, but may be adjusted upward annually based on a cost-of-construction index. The maximum dollar amount allowable for SAH grants in fiscal year 2016 is $73,768. The maximum dollar amount allowable for SHA grant in fiscal year 2016 is $14,754. No individual may use the grant benefit more than three times up to the maximum dollar amount allowable. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The way grant funds are released is dependent on the grant?s purpose (mortgage principle reduction or remodel and construction). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

36-0137-0-1-702.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $117,885,000; FY 17 est $124,626,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

SAH: For the housing unit, land, fixtures, and allowable expenses, up to $73,768 . SHA: For adaptations to the veteran's residence, up to $14,754.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

38 CFR 3.809, 36.4400-36.4411 , and title 38, United State Code, chapter 21; 'Questions and Answers on Specially Adapted Housing for Veterans,' VA Pamphlet 26-69-1, no charge; 'Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents,' VA Pamphlet 80-0-01, $5.00 , available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is 051-000-00233-4 . 'Handbook for Design, Specially Adapted Housing,' VA Pamphlet 26-13, available to eligible veterans.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Applicants should communicate with the nearest VA Regional Office. Case development and assistance will be provided by the VA office with jurisdiction over the location of the property involved. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses of these offices listed under Department of Veterans Affairs. Information may be obtained from the nearest Regional Office by calling toll-free 1-800- 827-1000.

Headquarters Office

Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-461-9500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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