Veteran’s News: Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grants
Under the HISA grant program, veterans with service-connected disabilities or veterans with non-service connected disabilities may receive assistance for any home improvements necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.
This grant is available to veterans who have received a medical determination indicating that improvements and structural alterations are necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of his/her disability. The maximum benefit allowable is $6,800 for a service-connected condition and $2,000 for all other veterans.
In order to receive a HISA grant, the veteran must be in the VA healthcare system and must have a prescription from a physician for the grant, which lists specific items required; the diagnosis with medical justification; and the veteran’s name, address, SSN and phone number.
Examples of what HISA will pay for include:
• Allowing entrance or exit from residence
• Improving access for use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities
• Improving access to kitchen and bathroom counters
• Lowered electrical outlets and switches
• Improving paths or driveways
• Improving plumbing/electrical work for dialysis patients
HISA will not pay for:
• Walkways to exterior buildings
• Widening of driveways (in excess of a 7 x 6 foot area)
• Spa, hot tub or Jacuzzi
• Exterior decking (in excess of 8′ x 8′)
To apply for this benefit, contact your VA Primary Healthcare Physician.
Tammy Walters is available at (715) 369-6127, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.