Summary/ History of the Issue
In order to maintain independent living in the community, or to return to the community after institutional placement, people with disabilities and those living with the effects of aging need affordable, accessible and integrated housing options. Â
In addition, any house built today has a realistic expectation of being used for the next 75 to 100 years. During that period of time it is expected that there will be a significant increase in people with disabilities and those living with the effects of aging who will continue to live in the community.
The reality is that people with disabilities, and those living with the effects of aging, when given a choice, choose overwhelmingly to live in the community. However, our communities lack the capacity to provide these people with real options for accessible, integrated and affordable housing.
Freedom Resource Center’s Position
We support efforts that will increase accessible, affordable, and integrated housing options in the community for people with disabilities.
Relevant Public Policy principles
- We will identify and develop partnerships with organizations and/or individuals interested in implementing basic access in new homes
- We support Federal Visitability legislation.
- We support the efforts of agencies that promote compliance with the Fair Housing Law.
- We support efforts to create more accessible, affordable, and integrated housing throughout our service area.
- We support the broad enforcement of housing discrimination laws
- We will develop a system that evaluates new apartments for accessibility
Join us in our efforts to create an equal opportunity for all to have a place they can call home. In order toÂ eliminate this barrier towardÂ independence, we must apply constant pressure on our elected officials to enforce the ADA regulations as well as support affordable public housing. It will not be an easy barrier to overcome due to current economic trends, however it is an effort worthy of acknowledgment and one we vow to continue.