Finding affordable, accessible and integrated housing continues to be one of the most significant issues facing people with disabilities in Chicago. Every year, Access Living receives hundreds of calls from people in search of a decent apartment for themselves or for a family member. In the past, in order to support people with disabilities in search of housing, Access Living maintained a housing list and counseled individuals in search of housing. Going forward, in order to better meet the demand for housing information, Access Living will no longer offer one–on–one counseling to individuals. Access Living will continue to provide and update a general housing list. The housing list includes contact information for housing providers all across Chicago that maintain accessible units. The list will be updated on a quarterly basis and will be provided to people with disabilities who contact Access Living in search of accessible, affordable and integrated housing.
Access Living no longer will host a monthly general housing support group. In place of the general housing group, Access Living is launching a class that is geared toward people with disabilities who hold a Chicago Housing Authority Housing Voucher. The curriculum for this class will include tenant rights, negotiating with landlords, and maintaining the CHA subsidy. Gloria Esquivel, Access Living's Housing Counselor, will organize and run the class. The new class will target people with disabilities that hold housing vouchers that have been secured through their work with Access Living.
For more information about Access Living Housing Services, contact 312–640–2121 or Bmathews@accessliving.org
- Bhuttu Mathews
- Disability Resources Coordinator