Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program Summary

The Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP) awards competitive grants to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. The grants may be used to modify or rehabilitate eligible veterans' primary residences or to provide grantees' affiliates with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with those services. A number of America's veterans who are low-income and living with disabilities are in need of adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence, because they are unable to fund significant home repairs or are burdened by utility costs.

HUD in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using the VHRMP to test a new approach to addressing these challenges in accordance with section 1079 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Pub. L. 113-291, enacted December 19, 2014).

a veteran holding a model of a house in front of the US flag

The program was funded up to $13.7 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2016 (Public Law 114-13), 2017 (Public Law 115-21), and 2018 (Public Law 115-141). The maximum grant amount is $1 million with $700,000 as the minimum amount. The program requires a 50 percent match through funds or in-kind contributions and dictates specific output and outcome measures.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. Nonprofit organizations are limited to those described in section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Eligible Activities

Funds may be used to provide the following activities:

  • Modification and rehabilitation of the primary residence of an eligible veteran to include:
    • Making physical modifications to accommodate the functional limitations that result from having a disability such as wheel chair ramps, bathroom fixtures, special lighting, etc.
    • Making physical modifications to allow for a veteran's caregiver
    • Rehabilitation of a residence that is in disrepair
    • Installing energy efficiency features or equipment when utility costs are a financial burden
    • Other activities that address the adaptive housing needs of the veteran
  • Provision of technical, administrative, and training support to an affiliate of the grant recipient in connection with modification and rehabilitation services provided under the VHRMP.

Technical Guidance

HUD's Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) administers the VHRMP. For more information about the VHRMP, contact ORHED at 1-877-787-2526 or 202-708-2290. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Fiscal Year 2020 VHRMP Grantees

Grantee Amount Awarded
St. Bernard Project $1,000,000
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan $1,000,000
Rebuilding Together, Inc. $999,992
Habitat for Humanity International $1,000,000

 

St. Bernard Project (SBP) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The organization's match for this project was $500,000 with an additional $500,000 leveraged. SBP, 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. SBP will use the grant award to rebuild, repair, and/or modify 22 homes for veterans in Louisiana (New Orleans), Texas (Houston and Brazoria County), Puerto Rico, Florida (Panama City), and the coasts of New York and New Jersey.

Contact Person:
Rebecca Clarkson
2645 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70119-5045
Phone: (202) 207-6274

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The organization's match for this project was $1,022,055, with $902,500 leveraged. The Habitat Affiliate Support Organization, incorporated in 1993 as a nonprofit, provides education, technical assistance, and financial resources to Habitat affiliate offices statewide. The organization will work with 77 low-income and disabled veterans to make necessary critical interior and exterior housing modifications, rehabilitation, and repairs over the three-year project period. The types of rehab and modifications that are needed will vary by individual household situations and will include accessibility modifications to enable long-term aging in place, as well as critical home repairs required to ensure health, safety, energy efficiency, and affordability.

Contact Person:
Su Ortiz
618 South Creyts Road, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517) 485-1006

Rebuilding Together, Inc. received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $999,992. The organization's match for this project was $500,500, with $500,500 leveraged. Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with over 32 years of experience in home rehabilitation and community revitalization, including an existing veterans housing initiative. The organization has a network of 127 affiliated nonprofit organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia, carrying out housing rehabilitation and modification activities benefitting low-income persons, military veterans, and persons with disabilities. Rebuilding Together affiliates will carry out these services at the local level. Funding from this grant will be used by affiliates to modify and repair homes for 70 eligible veterans nationwide.

Contact Person:
Olga Gonzalez
999 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20002-4684
Phone: (813) 842-4306

Habitat for Humanity International (Habitat) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The organization's match for this project was $500,000, with $200,000 leveraged. Located in Americus, Georgia, Habitat is a private, nonprofit, 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. Habitat’s mission is carried out locally throughout the nation by approximately 1,290 affiliates that operate within a specific geographic service area. In 2013, Habitat established a veterans department to provide a greater focus on assisting low-income veterans and has since served just over 5,000 veterans through new home construction, rehabilitation, or repairs. Funding from this grant will be used by affiliates to modify and repair homes for 90 eligible veterans with an average grant amount of $10,000.

Contact Person:
Donna Golden
322 West Lamar Street
Americus, GA 31709-3423
Phone: (229) 410-7514