Housing Resources for Disabled People

Is housing a viable option for you or your child? Are you looking for an accessible home? Do you feel you’ve been a victim of housing discrimination because of your disability? These websites deal with a variety of disability-related housing issues. (For information about designing accessible homes, see Architecture/Home Modification.)

Accessible Vacation Home Exchange for People with Disabilities
Posts free ads for accessible homes around the world.

Community Integration Report: A Home of One’s Own
A fact sheet from The Arc about homeownership for persons with mental retardation.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) CCD Housing Task Force
The CCD Housing Task Force works with Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase access to decent, safe, and affordable housing for all people with disabilities and to protect the rights guaranteed under the Fair Housing Act. Its website offers a variety of reports and documents on the subject.

Guide to Accessible Housing
This Abledata Informed Consumer Guide examines what accessible housing is, discusses the types of products available to achieve accessibility, and offers resources to assist in this endeavor.

Habitat for Humanity International
The home page of Habitat for Humanity International, “is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. We welcome all people to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable, houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter.” According to the website, HFHI’s board of directors has endorsed the concept that all Habitat houses should incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.

National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse (NAAC)
NAAC maintains a national database of accessible apartments, with a registration of more than 46,000 units. Its website includes information about the organization, a toll-free number to contact for apartment referrals, and a form to list an apartment.

National Fair Housing Advocate
A project of the Tennesse Fair Housing Council, this website includes news, statutory information, links, online discussion groups, and more. Its database of almost 2,000 fair housing cases is available on a subscription basis.

National Home of Your Own Alliance
Based at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, this technical assistance center offers online information about state coalitions, barriers, links, Section 8 voucher information, funding sources, and related material.

Opening Doors
Opening Doors is a housing initiative designed to provide information and technical assistance on affordable housing issues to people with disabilities, their families, advocates, and service providers across the United States. Its website includes news, fact sheets, reports, and related material.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – People with Disabilities page
Looking for information about the fair housing laws? supportive housing for persons with disabilities? HUD housing initiatives? Although information about HUD’s services for people with disabilities is no longer maintained in the separate section that we preferred this page at least pulls together disability-related information from all parts of HUD’s website through pertinent links.

Wheelchair Accessible Home Clearinghouse
A nonprofit organization that runs free classified ads for accessible real estate.

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