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HUD on the Role of Housing in Accomplishing the Goals of Olmstead
If you or someone associated with you:
Has a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex and mental retardation, etc.) that substantially limits one or more major life activities
Have a record of such a disability or
Are regarded as having such a disability
your housing provider may not:
Refuse to let you make Reasonable Modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, if necessary for the person with the disability to use the unit and/or common areas. The household may be required to pay for physical alterations to a unit or site, and may be required to restore some alterations to original condition when vacating a unit..
Refuse to make Reasonable Accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the person with a disability to use the housing and/or common areas.
THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING:
In buildings of four or more units ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991:
Public and common areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities
Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs
All units must have:
An accessible route into and through the unit
Accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls
Reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars and
Kitchens and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs.
If a building with four or more units has no elevator and will be ready for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, these standards apply only to ground floor units.
These requirements for new buildings do not replace more stringent standards in State or local law.
HUD DOJ Joint Statement on Design and Construction
Design and Construction Guide
The Seven Requirements
Housing that receives federal funds must also comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To view these regulations, select the link below:
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
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