Federal, State & Local Level Support

Housing

Below is how Access Living prioritizes their efforts on the Federal, state and local levels, in addition to key accomplishments within housing:


FEDERAL
Support passage of The Inclusive Home Design Act (HR 4202) to require all newly constructed, federally assisted, single-family houses and town houses to meet minimum standards of visitability for persons with disabilities.

Working to reform housing laws and governmental regulations that require segregated housing of people with disabilities.

Advocating to set aside project and tenant base housing for people with disabilities coming out of nursing homes and institutions.


STATE
Working with the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) Housing Working Group to house people with disabilities coming out of nursing homes and institutions.

Advocating with IHDA to develop a database of available, integrated, accessible, affordable, and subsidized housing.


LOCAL
Advocating with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to come into compliance with federal housing laws and requirements.

Working to lower CHA’s occupancy age from 62 to 55 years old in senior housing.

Working to house seniors and other individuals coming out of nursing homes in adequate project-based housing.

Making sure that all public housing is accessible to people with disabilities.


KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT
Access Living’s Housing Team was instrumental in the first comprehensive rewrite of the Chicago Building Code in over fifty years that created a chapter devoted exclusively to accessibility provisions.