Fair and Accessible Housing

The situation:

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) has required that that all new apartments be constructed with minimum accessibility standards. The FHA also requires reasonable accommodations be made to persons with disabilities upon request. This includes physical modifications to a unit, as well as making exceptions for guide dogs or emotional support animals.

When the owner of an apartment building does not comply with FHA, leasing an apartment when you have a disability can be an unimaginable struggle.  Many face issues such as getting in-and-out of the front door and parking the car.  Even using the bathroom is a struggle when ADA violations are present. Suppose you found the ideal place to live and qualified for the lease, yet were deterred from living there because of a mobility, vision or hearing disability. If you or someone you love has a disability, these challenges are unfortunately a reality.

Our involvement:

Accessibility Testing Program: Since discrimination is sometimes hard to prove and ADA violations often go unreported, the importance of experienced field advocates and legal and resources for consumers cannot be underestimated. Our network of volunteers and professionals has allowed AccessAmerica to advance compliance, making fair and accessible housing more readily available to everyone.

Community Outreach: AccessAmerica is making it easier for those with limited mobility and blindness to find to find a place to live. Through our programs and committed volunteers, we work tirelessly to raise awareness, educate and enforce FHA and ADA compliance.

The result:

By reaching out to the community, educating the general public and forcing compliance, AccessAmerica is making strides in fair and accessible housing for those with disabilities.

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Get Assistance Now

If money or legal representation prevents you from acting on discrimination or rights violations, this program provides free financial or legal assistance.
Our volunteers review each and every request and will respond to you within 7 days.

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creating global awareness

Creating Global Awareness

Change only occurs through awareness. Unless you or someone close to you lives with a disability, it’s easy to take mobility and access for granted. By creating global awareness, everyone can become an advocate for improving quality of life for all.

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Low Vision Resources

We break down barriers for people with sight challenges. This helpful, and even life-changing group offers resources and support, including advocacy, legal representation and financial assistance to those affected by low vision and blindness.

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Accessibility Evaluators

Join our network of advocates that conducts field research and tests accessibility. Walk public spaces in a disabled person’s shoes. If you suspect ADA violations, documenting and reporting them helps make communities accessible to all.

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