Housing

Adequate housing is a major issue for many Americans. Finding a place to live that meets one’s needs, is in a suitable location and is affordable are problems for everyone. But people with disabilities face additional problems including accessibility and discrimination.

Through technology and advances in design, we now know how to design and build housing that can accommodate residents and visitors with disabilities. Architectural and related guidelines dealing with ramps, doorways, bathrooms, cabinetry and other features allow people with mobility impairments and other physical disabilities to have full access to and to function independently within modern housing. Lifts and other devices enable people to move about their homes. Computerized environmental control units allow for the operation of devices and appliances ranging from doors to kitchen stoves.  Coordinated use of assistive technology and personal assistants result in levels of personal autonomy and independence undreamed of only a few years ago.

The links within this section will point you toward a wealth and variety of information and other resources to assist with housing issues.

Other Helpful Resources

US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources for People with Disabilities
Frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law.

National Directory of State Housing Finance Agencies
Housing Finance Agencies offer individuals, families, and businesses a wide range of support and assistance. Click your state to find HFAs and organizations near you that can help you with your housing finance questions and concerns.