38 U.S. Code § 2101 - Acquisition and adaptation of housing: eligible veterans

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(a) Acquisition of Housing With Special Features.—
(1) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), the Secretary may assist a disabled veteran described in paragraph (2) in acquiring a suitable housing unit with special fixtures or movable facilities made necessary by the nature of the veteran’s disability, and necessary land therefor.
(2)
(A) A veteran is described in this paragraph if the veteran—
(i) is entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for a permanent and total service-connected disability that meets any of the criteria described in subparagraph (B); or
(ii) served in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, and is entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for a permanent service-connected disability that meets the criterion described in subparagraph (C).
(B) The criteria described in this subparagraph are as follows:
(i) The disability is due to the loss, or loss of use, of both lower extremities such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.
(ii) The disability is due to—
(I) blindness in both eyes, having only light perception, plus (ii)  [1] loss or loss of use of one lower extremity.
(iii) The disability is due to the loss or loss of use of one lower extremity together with—
(I) residuals of organic disease or injury; or
(II) the loss or loss of use of one upper extremity,
which so affect the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.
(iv) The disability is due to the loss, or loss of use, of both upper extremities such as to preclude use of the arms at or above the elbows.
(v) The disability is due to a severe burn injury (as determined pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary).
(C) The criterion described in this subparagraph is that the disability—
(i) was incurred on or after September 11, 2001; and
(ii) is due to the loss or loss of use of one or more lower extremities which so affects the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude ambulating without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.
(3) The regulations prescribed under subsection (d) shall require that assistance under paragraph (1) may be provided to a veteran only if the Secretary finds that—
(A) it is medically feasible for the veteran to reside in the proposed housing unit and in the proposed locality;
(B) the proposed housing unit bears a proper relation to the veteran’s present and anticipated income and expenses; and
(C) the nature and condition of the proposed housing unit are such as to be suitable to the veteran’s needs for dwelling purposes.
(4)
(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary’s authority to furnish assistance under paragraph (1) to a disabled veteran described in paragraph (2)(A)(ii) shall apply only with respect to applications for such assistance approved by the Secretary on or before September 30, 2014.
(B) In fiscal year 2014, the Secretary may not approve more than 30 applications for assistance under paragraph (1) for disabled veterans described in paragraph (2)(A)(ii).
(b) Adaptations to Residence of Veteran.—
(1) Subject to paragraph (3), the Secretary shall assist any disabled veteran described in paragraph (2) (other than a veteran who is eligible for assistance under subsection (a))—
(A) in acquiring such adaptations to such veteran’s residence as are determined by the Secretary to be reasonably necessary because of such disability; or
(B) in acquiring a residence already adapted with special features determined by the Secretary to be reasonably necessary for the veteran because of such disability.
(2) A veteran is described in this paragraph if the veteran is entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for a service-connected disability that meets any of the following criteria:
(A) The disability is due to blindness in both eyes, having central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a standard correcting lens. For the purposes of this subparagraph, an eye with a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees shall be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.
(B) A permanent and total disability that includes the anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands.
(C) A permanent and total disability that is due to a severe burn injury (as so determined).
(3) Assistance under paragraph (1) may be provided only to a veteran who the Secretary determines—
(A) is residing in and reasonably intends to continue residing in a residence owned by such veteran or by a member of such veteran’s family; or
(B) if the veteran’s residence is to be constructed or purchased, will be residing in and reasonably intends to continue residing in a residence owned by such veteran or by a member of such veteran’s family.
(c) Regulations.— Assistance under this section shall be provided in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe.


[1]  So in original. Probably should be a separate subcl. and be designated “(II)”.

Source

(Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1168, § 801; Pub. L. 86–239, Sept. 8, 1959, 73 Stat. 472; Pub. L. 88–401, Aug. 4, 1964, 78 Stat. 380; Pub. L. 91–22, § 1,June 6, 1969, 83 Stat. 32; Pub. L. 95–117, title IV, § 401,Oct. 3, 1977, 91 Stat. 1065; Pub. L. 96–385, title III, § 301(a),Oct. 7, 1980, 94 Stat. 1531; Pub. L. 99–576, title IV, § 401(a), title VII, §§ 701(48), 702(7),Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3280, 3295, 3302; renumbered § 2101 and amended Pub. L. 102–83, §§ 4(b)(1), (2)(E), 5(a),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404–406; Pub. L. 108–183, title IV, § 401,Dec. 16, 2003, 117 Stat. 2664; Pub. L. 108–454, title IV, § 401,Dec. 10, 2004, 118 Stat. 3614; Pub. L. 109–233, title I, § 105(a),June 15, 2006, 120 Stat. 402; Pub. L. 110–289, div. B, title VI, §§ 2602(b)(1), (7)(A), 2603,July 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 2859, 2860; Pub. L. 112–154, title II, §§ 202(a), (c), 203(a),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1176, 1177; Pub. L. 113–37, § 2(g),Sept. 30, 2013, 127 Stat. 524.)
Prior Provisions

Prior section 2101,Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1222, related to eligibility for mustering-out payments, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 89–50, § 1(a),June 24, 1965, 79 Stat. 173, effective July 1, 1966.
Amendments

2013—Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 113–37designated existing provisions as subpar. (A), substituted “Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Secretary’s” for “The Secretary’s” and “September 30, 2014” for “September 30, 2013”, and added subpar. (B).
2012—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 112–154, § 202(c)(1), substituted “to paragraphs (3) and (4)” for “to paragraph (3)”.
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 112–154, § 202(a), amended par. (2) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (2) provided description of disabled veteran whom Secretary may assist in acquiring suitable housing.
Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 112–154, § 202(c)(2), added par. (4).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 112–154, § 203(a), amended par. (2) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (2) read as follows: “A veteran is described in this paragraph if the veteran is entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for a permanent and total service-connected disability that meets any of the following criteria:
“(A) The disability is due to blindness in both eyes with 5/200 visual acuity or less.
“(B) The disability includes the anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands.
“(C) The disability is due to a severe burn injury (as so determined).”
2008—Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(7)(A), amended section catchline generally. Prior to amendment, catchline read as follows: “Veterans eligible for assistance”.
Subsec. (a)(2)(E). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2603(1), added subpar. (E).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2603(2)(A), substituted “any” for “either” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (b)(2)(C). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2603(2)(B), added subpar. (C).
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(1), redesignatedsubsec. (d) as (c) and struck out former subsec. (c) which related to provision of specially adapted housing to a member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty and suffering from a disability whose disability was the result of an injury incurred or disease contracted in or aggravated in the line of duty. See section 2101A of this title.
2006—Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 109–233, § 105(a)(3), substituted “subsection (d)” for “subsection (c)” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 109–233, § 105(a)(2), added subsec. (c) consisting of the text of subsec. (c) of this section as in effect immediately before the enactment of Pub. L. 108–454, as modified by amendments to pars. (1) and (2) below. See 2004 Amendment note below. Former subsec. (c) redesignated (d).
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 109–233, § 105(a)(2)(A), substituted “subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of paragraph (2)” for “paragraph (1), (2), or (3)” and “paragraph (3)” for “the second sentence”.
Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 109–233, § 105(a)(2)(B), substituted “paragraph (2)” for “paragraph (1)” in first sentence and “paragraph (3)” for “paragraph (2)” in second sentence.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 109–233, § 105(a)(1), redesignatedsubsec. (c) as (d).
2004—Pub. L. 108–454amended text of section generally. Prior to amendment, section consisted of subsecs. (a) and (b) authorizing the Secretary to assist veterans entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for permanent and total service-connected disability due to loss or loss of use of lower extremities, blindness, or loss or loss of use of both hands and subsec. (c) authorizing similar assistance to members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty.
2003—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 108–183added subsec. (c).
1991—Pub. L. 102–83renumbered section 801 of this title as this section and substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” wherever appearing.
1986—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99–576, §§ 701(48), 702(7), substituted “the Administrator” for “he” and “veteran who” for “veteran, who”, and struck out “, based on service after April 20, 1898,” after “chapter 11 of this title”.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 99–576, § 401(a), inserted at end “or in acquiring a residence already adapted with special features determined by the Administrator to be reasonably necessary for the veteran because of such disability”.
1980—Pub. L. 96–385designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b).
1978—Pub. L. 95–117in cl. (3) inserted reference to loss or loss of use of one upper extremity and reference to braces, crutches, and canes.
1969—Pub. L. 91–22added cl. (3) which authorized the Administrator to provide housing assistance to veterans whose permanent and total disability consists of loss or loss of use of one lower extremity when such loss precludes locomotion without a wheelchair.
1964—Pub. L. 88–401struck out provisions from cl. (2)(B) which required such permanent and total disability to be such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of a wheelchair.
1959—Pub. L. 86–239designated existing provisions of first sentence as cl. (1), struck out “by reason of amputation, ankylosis, progressive muscular dystrophies, or paralysis” after “loss of use”, and added cl. (2).
Effective Date of 2013 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 113–37effective Oct. 1, 2013, see section 4(a) ofPub. L. 113–37, set out as a note under section 322 of this title.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment

Pub. L. 112–154, title II, § 202(b),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1177, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall take effect on October 1, 2012.”
Pub. L. 112–154, title II, § 203(b),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1177, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall take effect on October 1, 2012.”
Effective Date of 2006 Amendment

Pub. L. 109–233, title I, § 105(b),June 15, 2006, 120 Stat. 402, provided that: “The amendments made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall take effect as of December 10, 2004, as if enacted immediately after the enactment of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 [Pub. L. 108–454] on that date.”
Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–385effective Oct. 1, 1980, see section 601(b) ofPub. L. 96–385, set out as a note under section 1114 of this title.
Effective Date of 1977 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–117effective Oct. 1, 1977, see section 501 ofPub. L. 95–117, set out as a note under section 1114 of this title.

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38 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 21012013113-37 [Sec.] 2(g)127 Stat. 524
§ 2101prec2012112-154 [Sec.] 701(a)(2)126 Stat. 1203
§ 2101nt new2012112-154 [Sec.] 202(b)126 Stat. 1177
§ 21012012112-154 [Sec.] 202(c), 203(a)126 Stat. 1177
§ 2101nt new2012112-154 [Sec.] 203(b)126 Stat. 1177
§ 21012012112-154 [Sec.] 202(a)126 Stat. 1176

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