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 2019 VHRMP Grantees

Grantee City, State Amount Awarded
St. Bernard Project New Orleans, LA $1,000,000
Volunteers of America Texas Euless, TX $1,000,000
Housing Assistance Council Washington, DC $824,020
Habitat for Humanity International Americus, GA $1,000,000
New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust Albuquerque, NM $1,000,000

 

St. Bernard Project (SBP) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. SBP is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. SBP has grown into a nationally recognized leader in disaster resilience and recovery and has rebuilt more than 1,000 homes for low-to-moderate income families and veterans. SBP will use the grant award to rebuild, repair, and/or modification of 54 homes for veterans in Louisiana (New Orleans and Baton Rouge), Texas (Houston and Brazoria County), Puerto Rico, Florida (Panama City), South Carolina (Columbia), New York, and New Jersey (Monmouth and Ocean County).

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

Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. Located in Euless, Texas, the organization has a long history of working with low-income veterans through its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF), and Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) to support self-sufficiency through housing, employment and connection to supportive services. VOATX will serve 75 low-income, disabled veterans with adaptive home improvement to increase safety, reduce utility costs, and increase home accessibility, mobility and functionality that will elevate and extend independent living.

Contact Person:
Erica Smith
300 E. Midway
Euless, TX 76039-3771
Phone: (817) 529-7359

Housing Assistance Council (HAC) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $824,020. HAC is located in Washington, DC. With 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 60 low-income, disabled, and aging veterans in rural, high-need, economically distressed areas through two rural locally-based nonprofit housing agencies. 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. HAC and its 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 veteran associations.

Contact Person:
Shonterria Charleston
1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 606
Washington, D.C. 20005-3516
Phone: (202) 842-8600

Habitat for Humanity International (Habitat) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. Located in Americus, Georgia, Habitat is a private, non-profit, 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 subordinate homeownership housing organizations (affiliates) that operate within a specific geographic service area in Habitat’s 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 120 eligible veterans with an average grant amount of $7,500.

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

New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust (the Trust) received a VHRMP grant award in the amount of $1,000,000. The Trust is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the Trust will implement HOME4Vets to rehabilitate and/or modify an estimated 80 primary residences for eligible veteran homeowners.

Contact Person:
Sabrina Su
344 4th St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3206
Phone: (505) 767-2249