The amount of money the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will give disabled veterans to make their homes accessible will soon be increasing.
The VA offers grants for certain disabled veterans to make an existing or new home accessible. There are basically two different grants: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant.
There are also versions of these grants that allow veterans to make modifications to homes they are living in temporarily. These are known as Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) Grants. They follow the same rules as the SAH & SHA grants, but have some limitations.
The amount of each of these grants will be increasing on Oct. 1, 2019, for fiscal 2020.
For 2020, the maximum SAH grant will be $90,364, and the SHA grant will increase to a maximum of $18,074. The TRA grants will increase to a maximum of $39,669 for the temporary version of the SAH grant and $7,083 for the temporary SHA grant.
These amounts represent an increase of 5.51% over the 2019 levels. This increase is based on the Turner Building Cost Index, which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States.
The main difference between the SAH and SHA grant lies in the type and severity of disability an eligible veteran suffers from. Normally, veterans who have injuries affecting their movement are eligible for the SAH grant, while those suffering from injuries that affect their ability to perform daily tasks are eligible for the SHA grant.
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