FUNDING RESOURCES for Home Modifications and Assistive Technology (AT)
VA Prosthetics Program:
If you have seen a VA Doctor, you are eligible for the Prosthetics department benefits. Your local prosthetics office can provide all types of medical equipment, ramps, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, curved stair lifts, ceiling lifts, bidets, door openers and other speciality equipment. You will need an appointment with your VA doctor and a prescription needs to be written and sent to the prosthetics office.
VA Grant Programs:
VA provides grants to Service members and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability. Two grant programs exist: the Specialty Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.
SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. SAH grants can be used in one of the following ways:
- Construct a specially adapted home on land to be acquired
- Build a home on land already owned if it is suitable for specially adapted housing
- Remodel an existing home if it can be made suitable for specially adapted housing
- Apply the grant against the unpaid principal mortgage balance of an adapted home already acquired without the assistance of a VA grant
This grant provides medically necessary improvements and structural alterations to Veterans/Servicemembers’ 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 or walk in tubs)
- 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
HISA Grants help Veterans with improvements to their home including, Ramps and Doorways entrance to or exit from their homes, door widening, roll in showers or walk in tubs, lowering counters/sinks, improving entrance paths or driveways, improving plumbing or electrical systems made necessary due to installation of home medical equipment. HISA provides $2000 to $6800 depending on if your disability is 50% or more service connected. Click Here for HISA Information
How to Apply
To apply for a grant, fill out and submit VA Form 26-4555, Application 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 26-4555, Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant and mailing it to your nearest Regional Loan Center
- Calling VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000 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 1-800-827-1000
Need more information or have questions? Contact a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) staff member via email email@example.com or by phone at (877) 827-3702.
Offers coverage for basic medical equipment including the items that health insurance covers. There is also a one time only benefit of up to $14,000 available for home modifications but the client must be enrolled in HCBS (Home Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver). Applications must be completed in writing. To apply, contact the Options for Long Term Care agency or the Department of Human Services in the county where the applicant resides. Click Here for More Information
Local Non-Profit Organizations and City Grants For Funding:
- Kids Mobility Network: www.KidsMobility.org Kids Mobility Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing children with disabilities with durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and other medical equipment. They have a local warehouse and are operated by a husband and wife team who have a disabled daughter. They have been serving families since 2006 can help connect your family with other resources too. Online printable application. Contact Pete or Christy Kopp at 303.242.8281. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, 7390 S. Fraser Street, Suite A, Centennial CO 80112
- AT Funding Sources: http://www.at-partners.org/ATFunding/
- This web site incorporates an on-line database system providing individuals with disabilities, family members, and caregivers with a single point of entry for determining where to seek funding for Assistive Technology (AT) devices, equipment, or software across the state of Colorado. University of Colorado has put together a database of all the available funding sources for people in Colorado. There are over 2000 funding programs for all types of needs, and you can sort by disability, need, age, county, and many more.
- V. Hunter Trust, Inc: www.avhuntertrust.org
- 303-399.5482, P.O. Box 460668, Glendale, CO 80246. The Trust’s Application for Assistance form is to be filled out only by a social worker, caseworker, or third party professional acting on behalf of their client/patient. See website for strict rules for calling and application.
- Friends of Man: friendsofman.org
- 303.798.2342. P.O. Box 937, Littleton, CO 80160-0937 Applications are accepted only from referring professionals (health care and social workers, clergy, counselors, etc.) on behalf of people in need of assistance. If the application is approved, Friends of Man pays a vendor for the needed items or services. Friends of Man also has a Children’s Assistance Program.
- Home Builders Foundation: http://www.hbfdenver.org/
- (303) 551-6721, 9033 E. Easter Place, Suite 200, Centennial, Colorado 80112
- City of Aurora Handicapped Accessibility Grant Program:
- 303-739.7903, Larry Waldron, firstname.lastname@example.org (City of Aurora HUD program). This grant program requires the individual to be a home owner living in the city of Aurora. The income guidelines cater to the low to moderate income household.
- Littleton Housing Authority Rehab Program:
- 303-991.5301, Kimberly Kingston
- The Resource Exchange (TRE): tre.org
- 719-380.1100, 418 South Weber Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
- The Institute for Senior Citizens Assistance:
- Craig Miller, P.O. Box 621672, Littleton, CO 80162
- Center for People With Disabilities: cpwd.org
- 303-442.8662, 1675 Range St, Boulder, CO 80302
- Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities: http://www.cfpdtrust.org/
- 303-476.6314, 1355 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver CO, 80222
- Wells Fargo’s Community Development Mortgage Program:
- Offers a below-market interest rate to non-first time disabled home buyers.