Whether you are a veteran who is in need of free home repairs or you are a homeowner who is willing to help others, you can find a wide variety of grants and programs that can help. These programs include the Access to Home for Heroes/Veterans Program, Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program, and Rebuilding Together.
Grants available to homeowners
Whether you’re a disabled Veteran looking to improve your home or a homeowner looking to make your home more accessible, there are many grants available to homeowners. These funds can help you install plumbing, wheelchair ramps, stairlifts and more. You’ll need to be honest about your situation and share your goals in order to qualify.
The Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SHA) is available for Veterans who are severely injured. This grant can provide up to $20,215 in funding assistance. It can also be used to build a new home or make modifications to your current home.
The Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) grant is designed to help Veterans who are living in their families’ homes, or who are service members. It can provide up to $7256 in funding assistance. This grant can also be used to make necessary changes to your relative’s home.
Taking a cue from Lockheed Martin, Rebuilding Together has teamed up with the aerospace company to restore the homes of veterans across the nation. This will include a new accessibility upgrades program, which will allow disabled New Yorkers to safely navigate their homes.
Rebuilding Together has been providing essential home repairs for more than 34 years. These services include minor repairs and structural stabilization. They are funded by foundations, corporations, synagogues, and individuals. They also work with local partners to purchase materials and supplies.
Rebuilding Together has an impressive list of awards and accolades. They were able to complete more than 10,500 projects in the last six years. Their network of 119 affiliated nonprofit organizations covers 38 states. Aside from repairing homes, Rebuilding Together also revitalizes communities.
Access to Home for Heroes/Veterans Program
Whether you are a veteran or a non-veteran, the Access to Home for Heroes for Veterans program can provide you with the money you need to make your home more accessible. Accessibility improvements are a big part of the effort to keep people with disabilities in their homes. This program is administered by municipalities and not-for-profit organizations. You can apply online through VA’s eBenefits site.
The Access to Home for Heroes Program has a number of requirements that you must meet. You must prove that you have a low or moderate income. You must also fill out various forms. You will also need to upload attachments to your application.
To qualify for the Access to Home for Heroes program, you must be a veteran with a primary permanent residence. You may also qualify if you have a combination of limb loss, burn injuries, or loss of sight.
Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program
Across the United States, Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program is making homes safer and more accessible for veterans and their families. The program provides subsidized home repairs to low-income families, seniors and disabled veterans.
The program is backed by The Home Depot Foundation and provides a zero interest loan. To qualify, applicants must be disabled or have a physical disability, be in need of critical home repairs, and meet income requirements.
Currently, the program has partnered with 280 veteran families across the country. These families will receive funding for up to $15,000 per home to renovate and repair homes. These grants include modifications to doorways, bathrooms and exterior work.
The program is designed to help veterans build strength and independence. Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps draws on the expertise of local Habitat affiliates to identify the most qualified veterans and help them with their repair needs.
Churches and religious organizations
Depending on your location, you may be lucky enough to benefit from the generosity of local religious organizations. These organizations are dedicated to serving the community by assisting families who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale. These organizations may even offer to help pay your utilities, if you qualify.
If you’re in the market for a new home, you may be eligible for subsidized house repairs from your local public housing agency or county housing authority. This might be a great way to upgrade your living quarters while saving you from having to shell out thousands of dollars for a new home. If you’re lucky enough to live in a state that’s lucky enough to have a homestead tax exemption, you might even qualify for free or discounted repairs from your local government.