Posted October 1, 2020
LANSING, Mich. – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $1 million today to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan for the rehabilitation and modification of residences of veterans who are low-income and have disabilities. The funding was issued through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program.
There are many of America’s veterans who are low-income and have disabilities and are in need of adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence, are unable to fund significant home repairs, or are burdened by utility costs. This program explores the potential benefits of competitively awarding grants to nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and have disabilities.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, HUD designed the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program to test a new approach to address these challenges. The program provides competitive grants of up to $1 million each to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans and/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.
“This program is another example of how HUD continues to work in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the housing needs of those who have served our nation,” said Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan.
“Michigan is home to thirty-nine Habitat for Humanity Veteran Build affiliates and is a leader in the nation in responding to the housing and home repair needs of those who have self-sacrificed and served us: our Veterans, Active Military Service men and women and their families. This history-making HUD grant award will fuel our ability to expand our current repair program, driven by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Consumers Energy Foundation, to grow our partnerships with them and our Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency, American Legion, VFW, our corporate partners, foundations, individuals, and other service organizations to join together to do what we can to make sure our veterans are living in a healthy, safe place and according to their needs,” said Sandra Pearson, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.
“HUD has been an invaluable partner to Detroit VA. It is exciting to hear that HUD has forged another relationship with Michigan Habitat for Humanity – Another victory for our Veterans,” said Dr. Gerald Curley, Director of Homeless Programs, Detroit Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan received a $1 million VHRMP grant award. The organization’s match for this project is $1,022,055. In addition, $902,500 will be leveraged. The Habitat Affiliate Support Organization, incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit, 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 modification, rehabilitation, repairs over the three-year project period. The types of rehab 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.
Under the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program, 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 wheelchair 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.