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).

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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% 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 residence that is in disrepair
    • Installing energy efficiency features or equipment when utility costs are a financial burden
    • Making other activities to 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 the Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development 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 Information Relay service at 1-800-877-8339.

Fiscal Year 2018 VHRMP Grantees

Grantee City/State Amount Awarded
Easter Seal Central Texas, Inc. Travis, Texas $1,000,000
Habitat for Humanity International Americus, Georgia $1,000,000
Housing Assistance Council Washington, D.C. $1,000,000
Rebuilding Together, Inc. Washington, D.C. $ 700,000
Revitalize Community Development Corporation Springfield, Massachusetts $ 730,000
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. Anchorage, Alaska $1,000,000
The New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust Albuquerque, New Mexico $1,000,000
Veterans, Inc. Worcester, Massachusetts $1,000,000
Total   $7,430,000

 

Easter Seals Central Texas (Easter Seals) will use grant funds to provide repairs and accessibility modifications for approximately 70 households made up of low-income veterans and their families, enhancing a strong wrap-around services program for veterans and adding a significant volunteer component. Easter Seals is experienced in meeting the housing needs of veterans to enable them to live safely, independently and comfortably at home.

Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. (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 U.S. since 1976. Habitat's mission is carried out locally in the U.S. by approximately 1,290 subordinate homeownership housing organizations (affiliates) that operate within a specific geographic service area in Habitat's U.S. service area. Affiliates are local private nonprofit organizations recognized as such under IRS §501(c)(3). 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 94 homes for eligible veterans.

Housing Assistance Council (HAC) has served nearly 50 years as a change agent and voice for rural America. HAC is a national nonprofit leader on rural veteran housing. HAC will use grant funding to serve 75 low-income, disabled and aging veterans in rural, high-need, economically distressed areas through five locally-based tribal and nonprofit housing agencies with modifications to, and when necessary, rehabilitation of veteran owned and inhabited housing units. To identify veterans who are not otherwise eligible for assistance through the VA or other similar veteran service agencies, HAC and its nonprofit partners will work directly with both regional and community-based VA benefit offices and clinics to identify and receive referrals. To that end, HAC and its identified partners will advertise its program via social media, public service announcements and in-place marketing through the American Red Cross, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), United Spanish War Veterans (USWV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Veterans Assistance Offices, State National Guard Offices, and other Veterans Associations.

Rebuilding Together (RT) has more than 30 years of experience in home rehabilitation and community revitalization, including an existing veterans housing initiative. RT has a network of 129 affiliated nonprofit organizations in 38 states, carrying out housing rehabilitation and modification activities benefitting low-income persons, including military veterans, and persons with disabilities. RT affiliates carry out these services at the local level, working under the name and brand of RT – the central organization. Funding will be used to oversee and direct the implementation of the VHRMP. To fulfill this mission, RT will provide pass-through grants to affiliates to identify 79 eligible veterans, conduct home-assessments to determine the modifications and/or repairs needed, deliver the needed services, and conduct follow-up assessments to determine the impact. Additionally, RT will provide training and technical assistance to affiliates delivering these services.

Revitalize Community Development Corporation (RCDC) is the lead entity of a collaboration of partners that includes Bilingual Veterans' Outreach Centers of Massachusetts (providing referral and outreach statewide), the Massachusetts Community Development Corporation (providing referral and outreach statewide), Springfield Partners for Community Action (providing weatherization services to veterans), and Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts (providing evaluation through Efforts-to-Outcome database). VHRMP funds will be used to provide eligible veterans and their families with critical home repairs and modifications. Critical home repairs will include interior or exterior work to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues; reconfiguration of space; modification for accessibility; or extension of plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems on an existing structure. In conjunction with the partners, RCDC will rehabilitate 51 veterans' homes over the next 3 years (17 per year).

Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP), a statewide nonprofit organization serving low-income Alaskans, will use funding to conduct physical modifications to the primary residences of 30 eligible veterans' primary residences to improve accessibility, safety, and energy efficiency. Specific projects will vary from residence to residence based on a comprehensive home assessment conducted by the highly trained RurAL CAP assessment team. Typical work may include insulation, updated LED lighting, roofing, egress windows, heating systems, fire safety measures, CO and smoke detectors, safety-related repairs, exterior siding and painting, indoor air quality measures, and numerous other physical, accessibility, or energy-efficiency modifications. RurAL CAP's experienced team currently provides these and other home rehabilitation and accessibility improvements throughout Alaska, with an emphasis on surmounting the unique challenges presented by climate and geography in remote, rural communities.

The New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust is a self-supporting quasi-governmental entity that administers the majority of federal housing programs in the state of New Mexico. All individuals served are low-income. The Trust and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) have a history of serving veteran-specific housing needs through existing housing programs, all of which serve veterans, and through strong relationships with partners that administer the HUD-VASH program. These partners include Albuquerque Housing Authority, Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority in Las Cruces, Bernalillo County Housing Department, Eastern Regional Housing Authority in Roswell, Housing Authority of San Juan County in Farmington, El Camino Real Housing Authority in Socorro, and the Northern Regional Housing Authority in Taos. The Trust will partner with the MFA to rehabilitate and/or modify an estimated 90 primary residences for eligible veterans statewide.

Veterans, Inc. (VI) has more than 25 years of experience in outreach directly into the veteran community. As the largest supportive services provider to veterans and their families in New England, VI works directly with federal and state agencies, private organizations, all applicable Continuums of Care, and all applicable human services agencies to outreach to the veteran population. VI will use grant funds to modify and repair the homes of 50-60 disabled, low-income veterans throughout New England. In addition, VI anticipates outreach to 280 veterans for this program through concentrated marketing and outreach efforts. Further, VI will aid 7 to 8 eligible veteran households each year to make their homes more habitable; will aid at least 3 to 4 eligible veteran households annually by making energy efficiency improvements. Overall, VI anticipates that 17 to 20 eligible veteran households each year will be impacted by housing modifications, rehabilitations, or energy improvements. Veterans, Inc. currently works directly with the VA and will continue to do so to identify veterans who are not eligible for programs under Chapter 21 of title 38, United States Code.