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What federal grants are available for home improvement purposes?

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The Section 504 Home Repair program that the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers provides grants to low-income elderly homeowners to remove safety and health standards. There is a $7,500 lifetime limit for this grant, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture website explains.

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The grant money for low-income elderly people must be repaid if the home is sold within three years after the disbursement of the grant, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant money is for homeowners to improve, repair, modernize, or remove safety and health hazards in rural dwellings.

The Veterans Administration also provides grants to veterans and servicemembers who have certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities. These grants are available to help modify an existing home to accommodate a veteran's or servicemember's disability, as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs explains. Eligible disabilities includes the loss of both legs or arms as well as certain severe burns.

The Department of Housing and Development offers Community Block Development Grants, which are grants dispersed to communities that are in need of money to make repairs on housing in low-income areas. The money is typically used to provide grants and sponsor housing programs for home repair to qualifying families, according to SFGate.

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