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Home Improvment Grant (HISA)

Under the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) program, Veterans with service-connected disabilities or Veterans with non-service-connected disabilities may receive assistance for any home improvement necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.

A HISA grant is available to Veterans who have received a medical determination indicating that improvements and structural alterations are necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of his/her disability. A Veteran may receive both a HISA grant and either a Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grant or a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.

Please take a moment to watch the HISA Video for more information.

Applying for a HISA Grant

In order to receive a HISA grant, the Veteran must first have a prescription from a VA or fee-basis physician.  This must include:

  • Specific items required
  • The diagnosis with medical justification
  • The Veteran's name, address, SSN, and phone number(s)

To apply, the Veteran must first provide:

  • A completed VA Form 10-0103, VETERANS APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE In Acquiring Home Improvement and Structural Alterations
    • If a leased or rented property, written permission from the owner
    • Quotes from at least 3 licensed contractors (if required by state law), to include:
      • The contractors name, address, telephone, and Federal tax ID number or social security number
      • The Veteran's name, address, and telephone number
      • Plans and drawings
      • An itemized list of estimated materials, cost, and labor cost
      • All permits required (it is the contractors responsibility to obtain these)
    • A picture of the work site prior to construction

Examples of what HISA will pay for include:

  • Allowing entrance or exit from Veteran's home
  • Improving access for use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities
  • Improving access to kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Handrails
  • Lowered electrical outlets and switches
  • Improving paths or driveways
  • Improving plumbing/electrical work for dialysis patients

HISA will not pay for:

  • Walkways to exterior buildings
  • Widening of driveways (in excess of a 7ft x 6ft area)
  • Spa, hot tub, or Jacuzzi
  • Exterior decking (in excess of 8ft x 8ft)

Limits on HISA Grants

The HISA program is available for both service-connected Veterans and non-service-connected Veterans.  On May 5, 2010 the President signed the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, increasing the amounts available under the HISA grant:

  • Home improvement benefits up to $6,800 may be provided for a:
    • service-connected condition
    • non-service-connected condition of a Veteran rated 50 percent or more service-connected
  • Home improvement benefits up to $2,000 may be provided to all other Veterans registered in the VA health care system
 

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