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The disABLED have many needs which challenge their lives. People with disabilities face financial needs, mobility issues, lack of quality housing, as well as struggling with prescription medicine costs. There is help available. Government disability benefits, assistive technology devices, special housing funds, home modifications and others are all benefits which are available to the disABLED. This site will help you find those benefits.

Home Modifications, special financing, and rental assistance


There are many disability services available. I have listed some of the most important services; such as home modification services, assistive products to help the disabled have better mobility, and energy assistance to help pay for winter utility bills. If you are disabled and on limited income please seek out these disability services.

Home modifications

Rebuilding Together Program
This organization will help remodel a home to bring it up to housing code standards. No cost to the home-owner. Locate affiliates in your state which will modify your home to meet your needs.

http://www.rebuildingtogether.org/main-pages.php

Some home modifications include:

  • Lever door handles
house (21K)
  • Handrails
  • Ramps
  • Walk-in shower
  • Grab bars in the shower, by the toilet, and by the tub
  • Hand-held, flexible shower head
  • Lever-handed faucets
  • Sliding shelves and lazy susan in corner cabinet
  • C or D ring handles on cabinet doors and drawers

Infinitec
"The Mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology." The link will take you to their "home modification" funding page.
http://www.infinitec.org/live/homemodifications/homefunding.htm

ABLEDATA
They provide objective information on assistive products. They don't sell the products but provide information on the assistive products that are available.

http://www.abledata.com/

Funding Organizations
The steps required to locate the needed funds for assistive devices.

ftp://trace.wisc.edu/PUB/TEXT/FUNDING/

Homeowner Rehabilitation
Covers eligible homeowner rehabilitation activities, applicant eligibility requirements, forms of financial assistance, and property standards and value. A summary of the key homeowner rehabilitation rules and how to document compliance with these rules is provided
http://www.hud.gov/affordablehousing

Note - that this is a HUD publication in PDF format. If you don't have the reader, you can get it here through the HUD site: http://www.hud.gov/utilities

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
The Center's mission is to make supportive housing and home modification a more integral component of successful aging, long-term care, preventive health, and the development of elder-friendly communities. The Center offers a vision for the future as well as practical strategies and materials for policymakers, practitioners, consumers, manufacturers, suppliers, and researchers.
http://gero.usc.edu/nrcshhm/index.htm

Homeownership Opportunities

Housing Assistance - Section 8 information, renter assistance, homeowner assistance

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NCSHA start page - (Housing Finance Agency).
http://www.ncsha.org/

FindHousingForTheDisabled.com
"Lists properties for sale or rent with features for the physically disabled. FHD Network, the parent company of FindHousingForTheDisabled.com, was founded by Mr. Daryl Olster in mid-2013 to create and operate the website. FindHousingForTheDisabled.com will assist the under-appreciated and under-served disabled individuals in the housing market, match them to properties that have special features, and help them live a better quality of life."
http://findhousingforthedisabled.com

Housing Choice Vouchers
"The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments."
http://www.hud.gov/housingchoicevouchers

AmeriDream Downpayment Gift Program
To expand affordable housing opportunities for underserved groups and promote the value of homeownership as the foundation for building strong communities and individual prosperity.
http://www.ameridream.org/

ABILITY Awareness
"ABILITY Awareness created the ABILITY House project. Built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates, each ABILITY House is an accessible home built for a family where one or more members have health conditions or disabilities."
http://www.abilityhouse.com/

New Horizons Un-Limited
New Horizons Un-Limited provides the step by step process needed to allow a disabled individual to purchase a home.
http://www.new-horizons.org/gdebah.html

AAPD Housing - info
AAPD supports greater availability of accessible, affordable, integrated, and self-determined housing and rigorous implementation of all Fair Housing laws.
http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/housing/

Rental Assistance

HUD rental assistance programs.
Subsidized housing, Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) info
http://www.hud.gov/renting/index.cfm

Section 202 Supportive Housing.
This program is not necessarily for the disabled but for those over 62 years of age and very low income.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/progdesc/eld202.cfm

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
HUD provides funding to nonprofit organizations to develop rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low-income adults with disabilities, and provides rent subsidies for the projects to help make them affordable.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/progdesc/disab811.cfm

National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse
The apartment industry has developed an effective means to connect individuals with disabilities with apartments that have been designed for them, or adapted to meet their needs. With all of life's challenges, the National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse (NAAC), believes that finding a place to live should not be one of them. Note: This is a database of accessible apartments across the United States. Be aware that some of the apartments listed in the database will already be occupied. This is a good starting point to show what is possibly available in your area.
http://www.socialserve.com/index.html

The Lamb Foundation
"The Lamb Foundation, based in Montgomery County, Pa., provides homes for women and men struggling with physical, developmental, and/or mental disabilities. As members of the Lamb family, residents have the opportunity to learn, laugh, work, and enjoy leisure within the comfort of familial homes. Each Lamb Foundation home becomes a close-knit circle that grows and develops because of the unique personalities, abilities, and disabilities of each member."
http://www.lambfoundationpa.org/

Advocacy and assistance

National Low Income Housing Coalition The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis.
http://nlihc.org/

Technical Assistance Collaborative
TAC's housing and homelessness staff works in the fields of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing for low-income households who have disabilities or who are homeless. TAC focuses its work in the ares of policy, planning and technical assistance.
http://www.tacinc.org

Disability Rights and resources concerning Housing
Questions and answers on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law. This is from the USA government HUD agency.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/disabilities/index.cfm

THE HOUSING ADVOCATES, INC.
"HAI was organized in June 1975 to offer minorities, disabled and the poor an opportunity for housing justice."
http://www.housingadvocatesinc.com/

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