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Housing and Home Modification Resources

Finding housing that is both accessible and affordable is a challenge many people with SCI encounter soon after injury. Upon discharge from rehab—which may be only a few weeks after sustaining a life-altering injury—they must go somewhere, but the homes they were living in are rarely accessible to them without some modifications. Those who were renting at the time of their injury will most likely need to find a new situation since rental units usually cannot be renovated.

Accessible and Affordable Housing: Is it out there?

Alliance of People with disAbilities Housing Resources

National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse (NAAC)

Disabled Renters' Housing Rights

New remodel...new independence

Home Adaptations and Modifications after SCI

Rebuilding Together

Regional Access Mobility Program (RAMP)

Adaptive Installations

Accessible Home Design, Edition 2

King County's Home Accessibility Modification Program (H.A.M.P.)

Master Builders Care Foundation of King & Snohomish Counties

Habitat for Humanity

Easter Seals

AARP's Universal Home Design

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) resource for building or modifying a home using the principals of universal design for accessibility. Read online at http://www.aarp.org/universalhome.

Universal Design Living Laboratory

Information about universal design and green building principals, safety, and healthy home practices to benefit the widest possible range of people in the widest range of situations, accommodating people of all sizes, ages, and abilities. Visit their Web site at http://www.udll.com/.

Affordability

After an SCI, many people need to consider low income, accessible public housing. This is often a good alternative for individuals whose financial situations have changed drastically since their injury.