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Access to Home for Heroes Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Local Governments
to Modify Homes of Veterans with Disabilities

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New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) - Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) - Office of Community Renewal (OCR)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and local governments to assist veterans with disabilities in making home modifications. Programs must address the needs of veterans who lack the financial means to cover home modifications required for their safety and comfort.

Eligible participants are individuals that meet the three criteria below:

  • The individual is a Veteran;
  • The Veteran’s income is at or below 120 percent of area median income; and
  • The Veteran has disability. This is defined as a permanent physical or medical impairment which prevents the exercise of a bodily function, substantially limits a major life activity or which is demonstrable by medically accepted clinical or laboratory diagnostic techniques.

The assisted residential unit must be the primary, permanent residence of the eligible participant. The primary residence may be owner-occupied or a rental unit. Applicants proposing to assist rental units must ensure that Access to Home for Heroes funds are not used to replace other resources available to building owners. Owners of rental units who are obligated to provide accessibility improvements as a condition of receiving other governmental assistance may not use Access to Home for Heroes funds to pay for those improvements.

Grant funds may be used to assist homeowners to complete accessibility modifications to adapt or retrofit homes for Veterans with disabilities. Examples include: wheelchair ramps and lifts, handrails, doorway widening, and roll-in showers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173685

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum request amount is $75,000. The maximum request amount is $200,000.

A maximum of $25,000 per unit is allowable. This cap is inclusive of hard costs for accessibility modifications, soft costs and project delivery fees.

Term of Contract:

The grant agreement term shall not exceed twenty-four (24) months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for the Access to Home for Heroes program are units of local government and organizations incorporated under the New York State Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, that have been providing relevant service to the community for at least one year prior to application.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for December 3, 2020 Application Training Webinar here:

Pre-Application Information:

RFA Open Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021

Applications for 2020 program funding must be submitted through HCR’s Community Development Online (CDOL) application system no later than 4:00 PM, EST, Friday, January 15, 2021. CDOL will not accept applications after the stated deadline and applications received after this deadline will not be processed or considered for funding.

Applicants may make a request, based on demonstrated need, to submit a paper application in lieu of using HCR’s CDOL.

CDOL Application Instructions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Please contact the OCR staff at with questions.

Requests for approval to submit a paper application must be sent to:

NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Office of Community Renewal
The Hampton Plaza, 4th Floor South
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
ATTN: State Programs 2020 RFA

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