The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $3.9 million in funding through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP).
The VHRMP helps make homes more accessible for disabled veterans. Through the VHRMP program, grantees will make necessary physical modifications to address eligible veterans’ needs, including wheelchair ramps, widening doors, reconfiguring bathrooms, and modifying homes to accommodate a veteran’s caregiver.
“It’s our duty to ensure our veterans, who gave everything in service to our country, have a safe and decent place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These grants announced today will give veterans living with disabilities the modifications they need to live on their own and regain their independence.”
The purpose of this program is to assist our nation’s low-income veterans living with disabilities who need adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence.
By partnering with the VA, HUD addresses these challenges by awarding competitive grants to organizations that primarily serve veterans and low-income people.
The following applicants are receiving funding:
Louisiana, St. Bernard Project (New Orleans), $1,000,000
St. Bernard Project will receive a VHRMP grant award of $1,000,000. The organization’s match for this project is $500,000, and an additional $500,000 will be leveraged. The St. Bernard Project, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, has grown into a nationally recognized leader in disaster recovery and has rebuilt over 2,200 homes for low-to-moderate income families and veterans.
Michigan, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan (Lansing), $1,000,000
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan will receive a VHRMP grant award of $1,000,000. The organization’s match for this project is $1,022,055. In addition, $902,500 will be leveraged. The Habitat Affiliate Support Organization, incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit, provides education, technical assistance, and financial resources to Habitat affiliate offices statewide.
District of Columbia, Rebuilding Together (Washington), $999,992
Rebuilding Together, Inc. will receive a VHRMP grant award of $999,992. The organization’s match for this project is $500,500. In addition, $500,500 will be leveraged. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with over 32 years of experience in home rehabilitation and community revitalization including an existing veterans housing initiative.
Georgia, Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. (Americus), $1,000,000
Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. (Habitat) will receive a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP) grant award of $1,000,000. The organization’s match for this project is $500,000. In addition, $200,000 will be leveraged. Located in Americus, Georgia, Habitat is a private, non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that has helped affiliates build and rehabilitate more than 175,000 affordable homeownership housing units in partnership with low-income people in the United States since 1976.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.