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Department of Veterans Affairs: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program

Deadline: February 29, 2016

The Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program’s purpose is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for adapted housing. Through the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) program, the Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) of the Veterans Benefits Administration provides funds to eligible Veterans and Servicemembers with certain service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home, to allow them to live more independently. Currently, most SAH adaptations involve structural modifications such as ramps, wider hallways and doorways, roll-in showers and other accessible bathroom features, etc. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledges there are many emerging technologies that could improve home adaptions or otherwise enhance a Veteran’s or Servicemember’s ability to live independently, such as voice-recognition and voice-command operations, living environment controls, and adaptive feeding equipment. Therefore, VA has defined “new assistive technology” as an advancement that the Secretary determines could aid or enhance the ability of a Veteran or Servicemember to live in an adapted home.

Amount: Up to $1,000,000 is available for grants of up to $200,000 each.

Eligibility: A “person or entity” with the capability for the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies.

Link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/sahat.asp

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