A veteran may qualify for a Special Adapted Housing grant not to exceed $50,000 if he or she is service-connected and rated permanently totally disabled on any of the following disabilities or combinations:
This grant may be used to buy, build or alter and adapt a home for the purpose of making it wheelchair-accessible under applicable guidelines. This is a one-time grant, except as noted below.
If the veteran also has Loan Guaranty entitlement available and meets credit-worthiness and other criteria, an additional direct loan of up to $33,000 may be authorized by VA to help defray the costs of buying, building or modifying the home. If the veteran does not qualify for the Special Adapted Housing grant, a Special Home Adaptation grant not to exceed $9,250 is available for veterans who are entitled to service-connected compensation for permanent and total disability based either on blindness in both eyes, with vision of 5/200 or less, or anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands. This is also a one-time grant.
If the veteran has been previously found eligible for the Special Adapted Housing grant, the Special Home Adaptation grant may not be authorized; however, a veteran who is eligible for the Special Home Adaptation grant may later be authorized a Special Adapted Housing grant if additional qualifying disability arises. If the veteran qualifies for both grants, only the Special Adapted Housing grant may be authorized.
In any event, no particular type of adaptation, improvement or structural alteration may be provided the veteran more than once. If the veteran does not qualify under either of the above programs but nonetheless needs assistance with alteration of his or her home to make it wheelchair-accessible or for other special needs, he or she may qualify for a grant under the Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) program administered by the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service at the VA Medical Center.
This program does not require that the qualifying disability be service-connected, but there is a difference in the amount of the grant for a service-connected disability ($4,100) or a nonservice-connected disability ($1,200).