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Veterans Home Accessibility Grants and Programs

Connecticut offers veterans a range of home accessibility modification grants and programs to help support safe and accessible living in-home. They include:

Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant

This grant provides medically necessary improvements and structural alterations to Veterans/Service members’ primary residence for the following purposes:

  • Allowing entrance to or exit from their homes
  • Use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities (e.g. roll-in showers)
  • Allowing accessibility to kitchen or bathroom sinks or counters (e.g. lowering counters/sinks)
  • Improving entrance paths or driveways in immediate area of the home to facilitate access to the home through construction of permanent ramping
  • Improving plumbing or electrical systems made necessary due to installation of home medical equipment

Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant

SAH grants help veterans with certain service-connected disabilities adapt to living spaces to improve accessibility. These grants can be used to construct an adaptive home or to support remodeling for adapted housing.

Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant

 SHA grants help veterans with certain service-connected disabilities adapt or purchase a home to accommodate the disability. You can use SHA grants in one of the following ways:

  • Adapt an existing home the veteran or a family member already owns in which the veteran lives
  • Adapt a home the veteran or family member intends to purchase in which the veteran will live
  • Help a veteran purchase a home already adapted in which the veteran will live

Learn more. Please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for information on the grant programs.

Rebuilding Together Heroes at Home

Heroes at Home is open to all honorably discharged veterans who own their homes and need home accessibility modifications to maintain their independence. Typically, the program modifies homes to make it more accessible to veterans who use wheelchairs. Sears Holdings jointly runs the program with Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit organization that helps veterans, low-income families and older adults remain in-home and age in place.

Learn more. Please visit the Paying for Senior Care website to learn more about the Heroes at Home program. Please visit the Rebuilding Together website to find your local affiliate in Connecticut.

RISE

Inspired by the iconic movie, Forrest Gump, this program honors the needs of war survivors injured during service to the United States military. RISE provides grants for increasing mobility and reclaiming self-reliance through home modifications, adapted vehicles, mobility devices and smart home technology, affording veterans the freedom to live comfortably and independently.

Learn more. Please visit the Gary Sinise Foundation website to learn more about RISE and other outreach efforts to serve veterans and their families.

American Red Cross Assistance for Veterans

The American Red Cross provides financial assistance for eligible active military service members, veterans and direct members of their families. The American Red Cross may also help update the home of active military service member who becomes disabled while on duty.

 Learn more. Please visit the American Red Cross for information on financial assistance for veterans.

 

Date Modified: 07/24/2018

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