Specially Adapted Housing Program

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Veterans who have specific service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant from the VA to construct a home or modify an existing home to meet their special physical needs.  

These grants may also be used outside the United States in special circumstances. 

There are two types of housing grants administered by VA, the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant, and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant.

Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant

Eligibility Number of Grants You Can Use
  • Loss of or loss of use of both arms or legs, OR
  • Loss of use of one leg  plus blindness in both eyes having only light perception, OR
  • The loss of or loss of use of one lower leg together with residuals of organic disease or injury, OR
  • The loss of or loss of use of one leg together with the loss of or loss of use of one arm, OR
  • Certain severe burns, OR
  • The loss, or loss of use of one or more lower extremities due to service on or after Sep. 11, 2001, which is so severe that it requires the veteran to use braces, crutches, canes or a wheelchair to navigate their home

Maximum of 3 grants, up to the maximum dollar amount allowable

Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant

Eligibility Number of Grants You Can Use
  • Blindness in both eyes with 20/200 visual acuity or less, OR
  • Loss of or loss of use of both hands, OR
  • Certain severe burn injuries, OR
  • Certain severe respiratory injuries
Maximum of 3 grants, up to the maximum dollar amount allowable

For details on both programs see our Specially Adapted Housing FAQs page.

How to Apply for Specially Adapted Housing Grants

To apply for a grant, fill out and submit VA Form 26-4555Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant. You can access this form by:

  • Applying online via www.ebenefits.va.gov
  • Downloading VA Form 26-4555Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant and mailing it to your nearest Regional Loan Center
  • Calling VA toll free at 800-827-1000 to have a claim form mailed to you
  • Visiting the nearest VA regional office. Find the office nearest you by visiting VA Regional Office Locations or calling VA toll-free at 800-827-1000

Many states offer relief from property taxes for veterans who live in a home that was either built or adapted using these grants. Check out our State Benefits section for details on your specific state. 

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