New Brief: Improving Experiences for Residents with Disabilities in Federally Assisted Family Housing

Posted by Urban Institute on October 25, 2022

In a new brief published by the Urban Institute, researchers share the challenges working-aged disabled individuals and families with disabled household members face when “exercising their rights, securing reasonable accommodations and gaining access to units that meet their needs.” The report features written narratives from expert interviews, housing provider focus groups, and a resident focus group. One interviewee pointed to the disconnect between the housing and service systems as a consistent problem. They explained that the two systems “must be connected to better serve residents with disabilities” and provide stability. The Institute offers several recommendations for improving accommodations and services access, including federal funding for reasonable accommodations and adequate resources for housing providers, which they believe will produce equitable accommodation processes and experiences for disabled residents.

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