The veteran housing grant program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several types of assistance grants to help improve the lives of disabled veterans and their families. Through these VA adaptive housing grants, veterans can receive free money to help them purchase, build or renovate a home to fit their unique needs. These grants do not need to be repaid.
To receive a veteran housing grant, applicants must meet certain criteria set by the VA. Generally, veterans must have a permanent and total disability resulting from military service. Depending on the type of grant, veterans may need to meet other requirements as well. Learn more about grants for disabled veterans in the slides below.
The VA Special Adaptive Housing Grant, more commonly known as the Specially Adapted Housing or SAH grant, is one type of housing grant provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This is the largest grant opportunity among all housing grants issued by the VA and helps veterans across the country buy, build or renovate their homes.
This veteran housing grant exists to help resolve the ongoing housing issue among the nation’s disabled veteran population. Veterans who have service-connected disabilities may struggle to find housing that fits their unique needs, like requiring larger hallways to accommodate a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
VA adaptive housing grants help disabled veterans and their families by making important modifications, upgrades and improvements to help them attain a better quality of life. The grant also allows veterans to buy or build homes that suit their needs.
Veterans who qualify for the VA SAH grant can use the funds for any of the following reasons:
· Build a new home
· Buy a home that fits the veteran’s unique needs
· Make modifications to the veteran’s home to adapt to the veteran’s special needs
The VA Special Adaptive Housing grant is only available to veterans who meet the program requirements. To qualify, you must own the home or plan to own it. You cannot get an SAH grant if you plan to modify a rental unit unless you plan to own it eventually through a rent-to-own home program.
You must also meet the VA’s criteria for a service-connected disability, which means your disability is related to your military service. If you have a verifiable service-connected disability AND meet any of the following requirements, you may be eligible for a SAH grant:
· Loss or loss of use of more than one limb
· Loss or loss of use of one lower leg with lasting effects of natural disease or injury
· Blindness in both eyes (with 20/200 visual acuity or less)
· Certain severe burns
· Loss of use or loss of one lower extremity (foot or leg) that occurred after September 11, 2001, which requires you to use braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair. The VA SAH grant program provides up to $109,986 as of 2023, which could change annually.