If you are looking for housing options, or looking to make a home accessible, the following information and resources will assist you.
There are many federal and state housing programs that assist people with disabilities.
Make Your Home Accessible
Although there are code requirements for dwelling units, and certain access features in every unit are typically uniform, the details in accessible housing units should be specific to the individual living in the space. The MN Department of Labor & Industry provides you with a side by side comparison of different types of dwelling units and required access (PDF).
Department of Housing & Urban Development
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) provides housing access information on their website. You can find specific accessibility information in the Fair Housing Act Design Manual.
The Center for Universal Design defines universal design as
the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. For more information on universal housing design and construction, visit any of the following websites:
Housing Rights and Responsibilities
Elevator Shut Down Guide
Shutting down elevator service – either temporarily or permanently – can be more than an inconvenience for people with disabilities. An elevator shut down can cause serious disruptions in their lives. It can even be life threatening. Learn what you can do in case of a temporary or permanent elevator shut down in your residence.
Worker Compensation Home Modification
Every year people are permanently injured at work and the extent of their injury impacts their lives to the point that they can no longer move freely into and throughout their primary residence. Workers injured on the job may be able to improve the accessibility of their home through the Worker Compensation Home Modification process.