On June 27, 2019, Senator Jerry Moran (KS) introduced S. 2022-the Paul Benne Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant helps veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. However, the maximum grant amount adjusts annually, and the grant benefit cannot be used more than three times up to the maximum dollar amount allowable.
SAH grants can be used to build a home on land already owned if it is suitable for specially adapted housing or remodel an existing home if it can be made suitable for specially adapted housing. These often lengthy processes become of great concern for veterans with severely restricting disabilities or terminal illnesses, as veterans with ALS and other terminal illnesses often do not survive long enough to benefit from the improvements that an SAH grant could afford them.
This bill, if enacted, would require the VA Secretary to give priority to veterans with serious or terminal illnesses with pending claims for Specially Adapted Housing grants. S. 2022 would also provide an increase in the maximum amount for the SAH grants.
Just last month, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3504, the Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019. This bill is the Senate version.
DAV strongly supports S. 2022, as it is in agreement with DAV Resolution Nos. 127 and 357. Please urge your Senators to support and co-sponsor this important bill. Take action today.
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