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 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.

FY 2022 Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program Awardee Project Summaries

Awardee Amount Awarded
Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. (Americus, Georgia) $1,000,000
Rebuilding Together, Inc. (Washington, D.C.) $1,000,000
Coalition for Home Repair (Jonesborough, Tennessee) $1,000,000
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan (Lansing, Michigan) $1,000,000
Family and Community Services, Incorporated (Ravenna, Ohio) $1,000,000
Total $5,000,000

Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. received a Veterans Housing and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP) grant award in the amount 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 198,000 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 1,141 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 through new homes, rehabilitation, or repairs. Funding from this grant will be used by affiliates to modify and repair homes for 80 eligible veterans.

Contact Person:
Stacy Summerset, Associate Director VHRM/HHP
322 West Lamar Street
Americus, GA 31709-3423
Phone: (229) 410-7518
Email: ssummerset@habitat.org

Rebuilding Together, Inc. received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The organization’s match for this project is $500,934. In addition, $507,680 will be leveraged. Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with over 34 years of experience in home rehabilitation and community revitalization including an existing veterans housing initiative. The organization has a network of 119 affiliated nonprofit organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia carrying out housing rehabilitation and modification activities benefitting low-income persons, including military veterans and persons with disabilities. Rebuilding Together affiliates carry out these services at the local level. Funding from this grant will be used by affiliates to modify and repair homes for at least 40 eligible veterans nationwide.

Contact Person:
Jessie Permar Kelly, Senior Director, Federal Grants
Rebuilding Together, Incorporated
999 Capitol Street NE, Suite 701
Washington, D.C. 20002-6096
Phone: (202) 518-3509
Email: jpermar@rebuildingtogether.org

Coalition for Home Repair received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000 in support of the Operation Safe Homes Initiative. The organization’s match for this award is $500,000 with an additional $200,000 in leverage. The organization will use the award to modify and rehabilitate the homes of 80 low-income and disabled veterans nationwide. Working with its member organizations, Coalition for Home Repair will serve eligible veterans in rural and urban communities, Appalachia, Native Reservations, and the Mississippi Delta. Home modification and rehabilitation projects will include accessibility modifications, safety features installation, major home repairs, energy efficient improvements, and projects related to making homes healthier.

Contact Person:
Rebecca Davis, Executive Director
Coalition for Home Repair
113 Heritage Place Drive
Jonesborough, TN 37659-5870
Phone: (423) 833-6220
Email: becca@coalitionforhomerepair.org

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan located in Lansing, Michigan, received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The organization’s match for this project is $680,000 and $750,067 in leverage. The Michigan nonprofit, incorporated in 1993, provides education, technical assistance, and financial resources to Habitat affiliate offices statewide. The organization will work with 80 low-income and disabled veterans to make necessary critical interior and exterior housing modification, rehabilitation, and repairs over the three-year project period. The types of rehabilitation and modifications 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:
Sue Ortiz, Chief Programs Officer
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
618 South Creyts Road, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48917- 8270
Phone: (517) 485-1006
Email: sortiz@habitatmichigan.org

Family and Community Services, Inc. received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The nonprofit’s match for this award is $500,000. Family and Community Services, one of Ohio’s largest nonprofits, will work with Ride with Valor to modify and rehabilitate the homes of at least 50 low-income and disabled veterans throughout the state. Projects will include roof and window replacement, widening of interior and exterior doorways, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system upgrades, electrical and plumbing updates as well as the installation of energy efficient appliances and wheelchair ramps.

Contact Person:
Matthew Slater, Director of Veterans Services
Family and Community Services, Incorporated
705 Oakwood Street
Ravenna, OH 44266-2196
Phone: (330) 773-7000
Email: mslater@fcsohio.org