Home Remodeling Grants for Veterans

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new bathroomIt is important for men and women who are serving or who have served in the armed services to understand that there are programs to accommodate injured veterans as they return home after undergoing medical care.

The Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant (HISA) offers financial resources to disabled male and female service members.

HISA allows veterans to make modifications to their residence to improve the access and mobility around the house as a whole. Focus is often made on minimizing the need for third party help in the bathroom. The grant does not require that the disability is service incurred, or service related, but all veterans with service sustained injuries will be eligible for funding of up to $6,800.

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in Tampa Florida.  Rossi Construction specializes in residential remodels and new construction.

Residential Builder Improving Life for Veterans

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Florida Home BuildersTampa Florida home remodeling specialist, Rossi Construction, Inc. issued an educational announcement to local military veterans across Tampa and St. Petersburg. The primary topic covered in the info alert was the improvement and modification programs offered by the VA to accommodate injured veterans as they move back home after receiving medical care.

“There are three types of grants available, but we make our main focus the HISA and SAH grants,” explained Jason Rossi, Owner, Rossi Construction, Inc.

Rossi explained that the first type of grant available to injured veterans is a Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant (HISA).  The HISA grant offers financial resources to disabled veterans to make modifications to their homes to improve the overall access and mobility within the house.  Rossi explained that a particular focus is put on facilitating ease of use in the bathrooms.  It is not a requirement that the disability be service related, or service incurred, but veterans with service incurred injuries will be eligible for up to $6,800.00 in grant funding.

Jason Rossi went on to explain that eligibility for a HISA grant requires a doctor’s diagnosis that explains the medical reasoning for needing the home modifications, as well as bids from three contractors who conduct work similar to that of Rossi Construction, Inc. for the proposed cost of the work.  Appropriate paperwork can be obtained from the local VA hospital in either Tampa or St. Petersburg.  It is possible that the veteran can have these home modifications completed on a home he or she does not own, as long as the homeowner has approved of the work.

Rossi explained that the second type of grant available to injured veterans is a Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SAH).  The SAH grant provides financial resources to veterans for home modifications to make their house accessible to wheelchairs.  He explained this grant is ONLY available to veterans with service incurred disabilities; very often the type brought about by recent deployment and improvised explosive devices.  The maximum amount allowable under SAH grants is a total of close to $64,000.00.

A veteran who qualifies for the SAH grant will need to have a service suffered disability that has resulted in the loss of function for at least one leg.

About Rossi Construction, Inc.:

Rossi Construction, Inc. is a general contractor located in the Tampa Bay area.  Rossi Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial construction and remodeling.  Rossi Construction, Inc. has been building excellence by design in Tampa FL since 1979.  Rossi Construction, Inc. is a recent winner of the Best of Brandon Award.  Rossi Construction, Inc. can be found online by visiting http://www.jrossiconstruction.com.

Remodeling a Tampa Bathroom for ADA Compliance

Remodeling a Bathroom for ADA Compliance:

If you have a need to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa home, or build a new bathroom that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are a number of different factors that you will need to consider before beginning the project.  The most important consideration when working toward ADA compliance are limitations affecting the person you are designing the bathroom for.

In some cases revisions may be needed for accessibility, while in other situations safety may be the concern of the day.  For example, the bathroom features needed for someone who use a wheelchair could vary greatly from the needs of a person with a different kind of physical infirmity or mobility issue.  Many people are also redesigning a bathroom for easier accessibility for either themselves or older family members, preparing before age requires an immediate and sloppy redesign.  Some people are even adding an ADA compliant bathroom to their home in an attempt to increase their property value and make the home more desirable to potential buyers.  If you are ready to go ahead with an ADA compliant bathroom in your own Tampa home, here are factors to consider.

Guidelines for ADA Compliance:

  • The door needs to swing outward.
  • The bathroom needs to be at least 32 inches wide.
  • The doors should have latches that can also unlatch from the outside.
  • The floor, including the threshold area, needs to be level to allow easy wheelchair access.
  • The bathroom needs to be roughly five feet in diameter to allow a 360 degree turn by a wheelchair.

The specialists from Rossi Construction, Inc. can help you design an ADA compliant bathroom that makes life easier for the entire family!  Contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today!

Tampa Home Modifications for Veterans

In an effort to assist the wounded veterans in the Tampa Bay area, Rossi Construction, Inc. decided to provide a rundown of programs that the Veteran’s Administration offers for home modifications to accommodate injured veterans for their disabilities. There are currently three types of grants available. This article discusses two of the most popular grants.

Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant (HISA):

The HISA grant offers financial resources to disable veterans to make modifications to their homes to improve the overall access and mobility within the house. A particular focus is put on facilitating ease of use in the bathrooms. It is not a requirement that the disability be service related, or service incurred, but veterans with service incurred injuries will be eligible for up to $6,800.00 in grant funding.

Eligibility for a HISA grant requires a doctor’s diagnosis that explains the medical reasoning for needing the home modifications, as well as bids from three contractors who conduct work similar to that of Rossi Construction, Inc. for the proposed cost of the work. Appropriate paperwork can be obtained from the local VA hospital in either Tampa or St. Petersburg. It is possible that the veteran can have these home modifications completed on a home he or she does not own, as long as the homeowner has approved of the work.

Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SAH):

The SAH grant provides financial resources to veterans for home modifications to make their house accessible to wheelchairs. This grant is ONLY available to veterans with service incurred disabilities; very often the type brought about by recent deployment and improvised explosive devices. The maximum amount allowable under SAH grants is a total of close to $64,000.00.

A veteran must have a service incurred disability that has resulted in the loss of function in at least one leg , if he or she is to qualify for a SAH grant.

In closing:

We hope that you find this information helpful, and that you keep in mind that Rossi Construction, Inc. is capable of assisting you with home modifications that include generally making houses much easier to navigate for our returning heroes. Rossi Construction, Inc. thanks you for protecting our freedoms and helping build the American dream.