Housing for People with Disabilities

The City enforces state and federal accessibility laws to facilitate the improvement of housing for disabled people. The City also prepares a Transition Plan to comply with state and federal accessibility laws. The City has adopted a reasonable accommodation process and administratively allows modifications to land use, building codes, and the permitting process to facilitate the reasonable accommodations without going through a standard variance process. However, given the large number of people with disabilities, the growing need for housing opportunities, and changing legal context for housing planning, additional efforts are needed. Many homes were built before the advent of modern accessibility standards and thus many homes remain inaccessible to people with disabilities. To address this issue, the City will evaluate the feasibility and appropriateness of modifying building standards to encourage visitability concepts in new housing.