38 U.S. Code § 2102 - Limitations on assistance furnished

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(a) The assistance authorized by section 2101 (a) of this title shall be afforded under one of the following plans, at the option of the individual—
(1) where the individual elects to construct a housing unit on land to be acquired by such individual, the Secretary shall pay not to exceed 50 percent of the total cost to the individual of
(A) the housing unit and
(B) the necessary land upon which it is to be situated;
(2) where the individual elects to construct a housing unit on land acquired by such individual prior to application for assistance under this chapter, the Secretary shall pay not to exceed the smaller of the following sums:
(A) 50 percent of the total cost to the individual of the housing unit and the land necessary for such housing unit, or
(B) 50 percent of the cost to the individual of the housing unit plus the full amount of the unpaid balance, if any, of the cost to the individual of the land necessary for such housing unit;
(3) where the individual elects to remodel a dwelling which is not adapted to the requirements of such individual’s disability, acquired by such individual prior to application for assistance under this chapter, the Secretary shall pay not to exceed
(A) the cost to the individual of such remodeling; or
(B) 50 percent of the cost to the individual of such remodeling; plus the smaller of the following sums:
(i) 50 percent of the cost to the individual of such dwelling and the necessary land upon which it is situated, or
(ii) the full amount of the unpaid balance, if any, of the cost to the individual of such dwelling and the necessary land upon which it is situated; and
(4) where the individual has acquired a suitable housing unit, the Secretary shall pay not to exceed the smaller of the following sums:
(A) 50 percent of the cost to the individual of such housing unit and the necessary land upon which it is situated, or
(B) the full amount of the unpaid balance, if any, of the cost to the individual of such housing unit and the necessary land upon which it is situated.
(b) Except as provided in section 2104 (b) of this title, the assistance authorized by section 2101 (b) of this title shall be limited to the lesser of—
(1) the actual cost, or, in the case of an individual acquiring a residence already adapted with special features, the fair market value, of the adaptations determined by the Secretary under such section 2101 (b) to be reasonably necessary, or
(2) $12,000.
(c) The amount of assistance afforded under subsection (a) for an individual authorized assistance by section 2101 (a) of this title shall not be reduced by reason that title to the housing unit, which is vested in the individual, is also vested in any other person, if the individual resides in the housing unit.
(d)
(1) The aggregate amount of assistance available to an individual under section 2101 (a) of this title shall be limited to $63,780.
(2) The aggregate amount of assistance available to an individual under section 2101 (b) of this title shall be limited to $12,756.
(3) No veteran may receive more than three grants of assistance under this chapter.
(e)
(1) Effective on October 1 of each year (beginning in 2009), the Secretary shall increase the amounts described in subsection (b)(2) and paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (d) in accordance with this subsection.
(2) The increase in amounts under paragraph (1) to take effect on October 1 of a year shall be by an amount of such amounts equal to the percentage by which—
(A) the residential home cost-of-construction index for the preceding calendar year, exceeds
(B) the residential home cost-of-construction index for the year preceding the year described in subparagraph (A).
(3) The Secretary shall establish a residential home cost-of-construction index for the purposes of this subsection. The index shall reflect a uniform, national average change in the cost of residential home construction, determined on a calendar year basis. The Secretary may use an index developed in the private sector that the Secretary determines is appropriate for purposes of this subsection.

Source

(Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1168, § 802; Pub. L. 91–22, § 2,June 6, 1969, 83 Stat. 32; Pub. L. 91–506, § 6,Oct. 23, 1970, 84 Stat. 1113; Pub. L. 92–341, July 10, 1972, 86 Stat. 432; Pub. L. 93–569, § 9,Dec. 31, 1974, 88 Stat. 1867; Pub. L. 95–476, title I, § 101,Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1497; Pub. L. 96–385, title III, § 301(b),Oct. 7, 1980, 94 Stat. 1531; Pub. L. 97–66, title V, § 502,Oct. 17, 1981, 95 Stat. 1032; Pub. L. 97–295, § 4(33),Oct. 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 1307; Pub. L. 98–543, title III, § 304(a),Oct. 24, 1984, 98 Stat. 2748; Pub. L. 99–576, title IV, § 401(b),Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3280; Pub. L. 100–322, title III, § 301,May 20, 1988, 102 Stat. 534; renumbered § 2102 and amended Pub. L. 102–83, §§ 4(b)(1), (2)(E), 5(a), (c)(1),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404–406; Pub. L. 105–178, title VIII, § 8204(a),June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 494; Pub. L. 106–419, title III, § 321,Nov. 1, 2000, 114 Stat. 1855; Pub. L. 107–103, title IV, § 404,Dec. 27, 2001, 115 Stat. 993; Pub. L. 108–183, title IV, § 402(a),Dec. 16, 2003, 117 Stat. 2664; Pub. L. 109–233, title I, § 101(b),June 15, 2006, 120 Stat. 398; Pub. L. 110–289, div. B, title VI, §§ 2602(b)(2), 2605(a),July 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 2859, 2861; Pub. L. 112–154, title II, § 204(a),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1177.)
Prior Provisions

Prior section 2102,Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1223, related to determination of amount of mustering-out payments, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 89–50, § 1(a),June 24, 1965, 79 Stat. 173, effective July 1, 1966.
Amendments

2012—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 112–154amended subsec. (d) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (d) read as follows:
“(d)(1) The aggregate amount of assistance available to an individual under sections 2101 (a) and 2102A of this title shall be limited to $60,000.
“(2) The aggregate amount of assistance available to an individual under sections 2101 (b) and 2102A of this title shall be limited to $12,000.
“(3) No veteran may receive more than three grants of assistance under this chapter.”
2008—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(2)(A)(i), substituted “individual” for “veteran” wherever appearing.
Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(2)(A)(ii), substituted “individual’s” for “veteran’s”.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(2)(B), substituted “an individual” for “a veteran”.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2605(a)(1), substituted “$12,000” for “$10,000”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(2)(C), substituted “an individual” for “a veteran” and substituted “the individual” for “the veteran” in two places.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2602(b)(2)(D), substituted “an individual” for “a veteran” in two places.
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2605(a)(2)(A), substituted “$60,000” for “$50,000”.
Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2605(a)(2)(B), substituted “$12,000” for “$10,000”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 110–289, § 2605(a)(3), added subsec. (e).
2006—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 109–233, § 101(b)(1), in introductory provisions, struck out “shall be limited in the case of any veteran to one housing unit, and necessary land therefor, and” before “shall be afforded” and substituted “veteran—” for “veteran but shall not exceed $50,000 in any one case—”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 109–233, § 101(b)(2), added subsec. (d).
2003—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–183, § 402(a)(1), substituted “$50,000” for “$48,000” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 108–183, § 402(a)(2), substituted “$10,000” for “$9,250”.
2001—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–103, § 404(1), substituted “$48,000” for “$43,000” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 107–103, § 404(2), substituted “$9,250” for “$8,250”.
2000—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 106–419added subsec. (c).
1998—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–178, § 8204(a)(1), substituted “$43,000” for “$38,000” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 105–178, § 8204(a)(2), substituted “$8,250” for “$6,500”.
1991—Pub. L. 102–83, § 5(a), renumbered section 802 of this title as this section.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102–83, § 5(c)(1), substituted “2101(a)” for “801(a)” in introductory provisions.
Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” wherever appearing.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–83, § 5(c)(1), substituted “2104(b)” for “804(b)” and substituted “2101(b)” for “801(b)” in two places.
Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” in par. (1).
1988—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–322, § 301(1), substituted “$38,000” for “$35,500”.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 100–322, § 301(2), substituted “$6,500” for “$6,000”.
1986—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 99–576substituted “cost, or, in the case of a veteran acquiring a residence already adapted with special features, the fair market value,” for “cost”.
1984—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98–543, § 304(a)(1), substituted “$35,500” for “$32,500” in provisions before par. (1).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 98–543, § 304(a)(2), substituted “$6,000” for “$5,000”.
1982—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 97–295substituted “percent” for “per centum” wherever appearing.
1981—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 97–66, § 502(1), substituted “$32,500” for “$30,000” in provisions preceding par. (1), “such veteran” for “him” in pars. (1), (2), and (3), and “such veteran’s” for “his” in par. (3).
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 97–66, § 502(2), substituted “section 804(b)” for “section 804(b)(2)”.
1980—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–385, § 301(b)(1), (2), designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and substituted “section 801(a)” for “section 801”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–385, § 301(b)(3), added subsec. (b).
1978—Pub. L. 95–476substituted “$30,000” for “$25,000”.
1974—Pub. L. 93–569substituted “$25,000” for “$17,500”.
1972—Pub. L. 92–341substituted “$17,500” for “$12,500”.
1970—Par. (3). Pub. L. 91–506inserted provision authorizing Administrator in the case of assistance to disabled veterans for specially adapted housing, where the veteran elects to remodel a dwelling not adapted to his disability, to pay the cost of remodeling as an alternative to the present provisions still set out in this par. which authorize the Administrator to pay the total of 50 percent of the remodeling cost plus 50 percent of the dwelling’s cost or the full amount of the unpaid balance of the cost of such dwelling, whichever sum is smaller.
1969—Pub. L. 91–22substituted “$12,500” for “$10,000”.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment

Pub. L. 112–154, title II, § 204(b),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1177, provided that: “The amendments made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall take effect on the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Aug. 6, 2012] and shall apply with respect to assistance provided under sections 2101 (a), 2101 (b), and 2102A of title 38, United States Code, after such date.”
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Pub. L. 110–289, div. B, title VI, § 2605(b),July 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 2861, provided that: “The amendments made by this section [amending this section] shall take effect on July 1, 2008, and shall apply with respect to payments made in accordance with section 2102 of title 38, United States Code, on or after that date.”
Effective Date of 2003 Amendment

Pub. L. 108–183, title IV, § 402(c),Dec. 16, 2003, 117 Stat. 2664, provided that: “The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) [amending this section and section 3902 of this title] shall apply with respect to assistance furnished on or after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 16, 2003].”
Effective Date of 1998 Amendment

Pub. L. 105–178, title VIII, § 8204(b),June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 494, provided that: “The amendments made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to limitations under section 2102 of such title on assistance furnished to a veteran under section 2101 of such title on or after October 1, 1998.”
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment

Pub. L. 100–322, title III, § 304,May 20, 1988, 102 Stat. 534, provided that: “The amendments made by sections 301, 302, and 303 [amending this section and sections 907 and 1902 [now 2307 and 3902] of this title] shall take effect on April 1, 1988.”
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment

Pub. L. 98–543, title III, § 304(b),Oct. 24, 1984, 98 Stat. 2748, provided that: “The amendments made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall take effect on January 1, 1985.”
Effective Date of 1981 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 97–66effective Oct. 17, 1981, see section 701(b)(1) ofPub. L. 97–66, set out as a note under section 1114 of this title.
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 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–476effective Oct. 1, 1978, see section 108(a) ofPub. L. 95–476, set out as a note under section 3702 of this title.
Effective Date of 1974 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 93–569effective Dec. 31, 1974, see section 10 ofPub. L. 93–569, set out as a note under section 3702 of this title.
Maintenance of Higher Rates

Pub. L. 112–154, title II, § 204(c),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1177, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall not be construed to decrease the aggregate amount of assistance available to an individual under the sections described in subsection (b) [set out as an Effective Date of 2012 Amendment note above], as most recently increased by the Secretary pursuant to section 2102(e) of such title [38 U.S.C. 2102 (e)].”

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38 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 21022012112-154 [Sec.] 204(a)126 Stat. 1177
§ 2102nt new2012112-154 [Sec.] 204(c)126 Stat. 1177
§ 2102nt new2012112-154 [Sec.] 204(b)126 Stat. 1177

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