There are two major programs for disabled Veterans to receive assistance with modifying or obtaining a home to accommodate their service-connected disability.
SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOUSING (SAH) – This is a grant program that can be used to construct a home, modify a home, or apply to a mortgage.
1. Loss or loss of use of both lower extremities that prevents locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or wheelchair;
2. Blindness in both eyes with central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye;
3. Loss or loss of use of one lower extremity and (1) residuals of organic disease or injury OR (2) loss or loss of use of one upper extremity, affecting balance and ability to move without aid of braces, crutches, cane, or a wheelchair;
4. Loss or loss of use of both upper extremities at or above the elbows;
5. Full thickness or subdermal burns that have resulted in contractures with loss of motion of two of more extremities or at least one extremity and the trunk; OR
There is one less restrictive criteria that applies to only post 9/11 Veterans and has limited on how many grants are given under this provision each year:
7. Loss or loss of use of one or more lower extremities that so affects the function of balance or propulsion as to preclude ambulating without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair
Case law has established that to qualify for SAH due to loss of use, a Veteran must (1) have a permanent and total disability (2) due to a disorder (3) that involves both lower extremities and (4) prevents locomotion without the regular and constant use of assistive devices.
Under this program, a Veteran may receive a maximum grant of up to $90,364.
SPECIAL HOME ADAPTATION – This is a grant program to improve mobility in an existing home.
1. Loss or loss of use of both hands;
2. Deep partial thickness burns that have resulted in contractures with limitation of motion of two or more extremities or at least one extremity and the trunk;
3. Full thickness or subdermal burns that have resulted in contractures with loss of motion of two of more extremities or at least one extremity and the trunk;
4. Residuals of an inhalation injury, including but not limited to pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, and COPD
Under this program, a Veteran may receive up to $18,074 to modify his or her home.
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