V.A. Home Modification Grants

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What V.A. home modification programs are available?

The V.A. has three main programs to provide home-modification grants to veterans with certain severe service-connected disabilities.

Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grants. An SAH grant is intended to help modify a home to make it wheelchair accessible or otherwise "barrier free" for certain veterans whose service-connected disabilities make it impossible for them to live independently without such modifications. An SAH grant can be as much as $63,780.

An SAH grant is available to veterans who receive V.A. service-connected disability compensation for permanent and total disability due to:

  • Loss or loss of use of both legs to the extent that the veteran cannot walk or otherwise get around independently without braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.

  • Loss or loss of use of one leg together with another disability that affects balance or the ability to walk or otherwise get around without braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.

  • Blindness in both eyes, plus loss or loss of use of one leg.

  • Loss or loss of use of both arms.

Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grants. An SHA grant helps pay to modify a home to meet the needs of a veteran with a certain type and level of disability and who needs assistance with safe mobility around the house. An SHA grant for such modifications can be as high as $12,756.

Note: This SHA grant may be available to a veteran who is or will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member, for modifications to that home.

An SHA grant may be available to a veteran with disability compensation for permanent and total service-connected disability, including:

  • Blindness in both eyes (5/200 visual acuity or less).

  • Loss or loss of use of both hands or of arms below the elbow.

Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) grants. A HISA grant provides funds for home improvements necessary for a disabled veteran to have access around the house and to essential lavatory and sanitary facilities. A HISA grant is available to a veteran who has received a medical determination by the V.A. that alterations to the home are necessary or appropriate for the effective treatment of the disability or for access. A veteran may receive both a HISA grant and either an SHA or SAH grant. The rules for HISA grants -- what they cover and what they don't -- are complicated and require participation by the person or company that will be doing the home alterations.

Note: A HISA grant is available to a disabled veteran even if the disability isn't service-connected.

HISA grants are for up to $4,100 for a veteran whose disability is service-connected, and up to $1,200 for a veteran whose disability isn't service-connected.

How can I apply for a V.A. Home Modification grant?

You apply for an SAH or SHA grant by filling out V.A. Form 26-4555 and submitting it to a V.A. regional office.

You apply for a HISA grant by filling out an Application for Assistance and submitting it to a local V.A. medical center.

Where can I get help applying for a V.A. Home Modification grant?

The V.A. provides specialized information and assistance about housing modification through its Specially Adapted Housing Agents, available in each state.

For general assistance with any V.A.-related question or problem by phone or in person, contact a V.A. Vet Center or V.A. Veterans Benefits Administration office. The V.A. also has a toll-free telephone help line at 800-827-1000.


Joseph L. Matthews

Joseph Matthews is an attorney and the author of numerous books, including Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions, Long-Term Care: How to Plan and Pay for It; How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim; and The Lawyer Who Blew up His Desk. See full bio