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Department of Veterans Affairs Specially Adapted Housing Grant Program

Looking for a way to make a new or existing home fit a disabled veteran or service member’s needs? The solution might be a Specially Adapted Housing grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) program provides assistance for construction or remodeling of an accessible home for those veterans who live with serious service-connected disabilities.

NAHB has long supported the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing program. There are two types of grants administered by VA, which are available to assist severely disabled veterans or service members in adapting housing to their special needs. More information about this grant program is available through the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing program Web site

If you need more information and would like to talk with a Specially Adapted Housing agent, contact

Kim Blackburn
VA Regional Office (262)
805 W. Franklin St.
Boise, ID 83702
Email: [email protected]
(208) 429-2226
Fax: (208) 334-1902

Specially Adapted Housing Fact Sheet
download “Specially Adapted Housing Fact Sheet”
This fact sheet provides information on the Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SAH)

Special Housing Adaptation Fact Sheet
download “Special Housing Adaptation Fact Sheet”
This fact sheet provides information on the Special Housing Adaptation Grant (SHA) programs.

VA Form 26-4555
download “VA Form 26-4555”
Veteran’s Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant. Complete the form and submit it to your nearest

Handbook for Design: Specially Adapted Housing
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Handbook for Design: Specially Adapted Housing

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Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Consumers who install solar energy systems, small wind systems, and/or geothermal heat pumps can receive a 30% tax credit for systems placed in service before December 31, 2016; there is no upper limit.

Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems) – Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.

Solar Water Heaters – At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun. The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.

Note: The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs. The water must be used in the dwelling.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Small Wind Turbines (Residential) – Must have a nameplate capacity of no more than 100 kilowatts.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Geothermal Heat Pumps Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water. Because they use the earth’s natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available.

Systems must meet the following requirements:
Closed Loop:
EER = 14.1
COP = 3.3

Open Loop:
EER = 16.2
COP = 3.6

Direct Expansion:
EER = 15
COP = 3.5

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

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