H.R. 5819, the Autonomy for Disabled Veterans Act, would increase the maximum amount allotted to the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant program.
The program provides funding for essential home accessibility for disabled Veterans. Currently, a maximum grant amount of $6,800 is available for Veterans with a service-connected condition and $2,000 is available for Veterans with a nonservice-connected condition. Congress last increased funding for HISA grants in 2009. Due to inflation, HISA grants no longer cover the actual cost of renovations, and as a result, Veterans are often left with unfinished home improvement projects leading to partial accessibility in their residences.
H.R. 5819 would increase the maximum amounts from $6,800 to $10,000 and from $2,000 to $5,000, respectively. In addition, the bill would require VA to provide an annual increase for the maximum amounts based on the Consumer Price Index.
The HISA grant program has made an invaluable difference in the everyday lives of countless disabled American heroes and it’s time to re-evaluate and update the program’s grant amounts to ensure they’re in line with today’s economic outlook. DAV strongly supports the Autonomy for Disabled Veterans Act, in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 197, which calls for an increase in HISA grant amounts.