Well, as promised in Part 1 of this series, brought to you by HousingForTheDisabled.com, here is a follow-up on some of the more interesting or helpful websites dealing with disability housing. Please check HousingfortheDisabled.com frequently for further articles, forums and updates on the subject.
One site that you may find useful deals with housing assistance for the disabled. This site, www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/housing_assistance_for_disable.html, discusses housing and rental assistance programs that are available. It describes the Section 811 program, which provides assistance to eligible applying households, and the requirements for eligibility. Other programs such as the National Supportive Housing, which coordinates resources and programs nationwide, and Tenant Based Rent Assistance are discussed.
There is an interesting guide called “Tips on Building an Accessible Home” at http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~bsd/building.html. Written by B. Duerstock, who is confined to a wheelchair, it describes his difficult but ultimately successful experience in building his own home. The paper describes many of the considerations needed and obstacles encountered in adapting homes and making them accessible. Ultimately, the author decides it is best to build the home from scratch and goes on to detail many of the design concepts and ideas such as creating the master bathroom, selecting flooring, choosing a builder, and “Smart Homes.” The last part of the article includes a few FAQ’s as well as useful links.
That’s it for now. There will be more to come in this series. I hope you find these papers useful or at least educational. In the meantime, check into HousingForTheDisabled.com frequently for more info. Thank you for your patronage. If you wish to comment or contribute, please write us at info@HousingForTheDisabled.com.