Access Living receives thousands of calls a year from Chicagoans with disabilities desperate for housing. Despite existing legislation that gives people with disabilities the right to fair housing, the state of housing for people with disabilities inadequate and unacceptable.
Access Living’s Housing Policy Analyst, the Community Organizing Group DRACH, and Access Living Fair Housing staff pursue community education, organizing, policy/legislative efforts and legal action in order to expand housing opportunities for people with disabilities.
Access Living housing and disability advocacy efforts focuses on three core areas:
Affordability: Over 60% of people with disabilities in Cook County rely on SSI. Because rents for one-bedroom and studio apartments in Chicago exceed the amount of SSI monthly benefits, most people with disabilities are unable to afford market rate housing.
Accessibility: Over a third of apartments in Cook County are inaccessible for people who use wheelchairs. The demolition of public housing high rises has eliminated a lot of accessible housing for the poor and resulted in the building of inaccessible townhouses. Housing for all must include universal design and/or visitability.
Integration: Because of the lack of affordable housing, most people with disabilities live in state imposed segregated housing, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 811 Program and other housing silos.
- Adam Ballard
- Manager of Community Organizing
- Terence Simms
- Housing Policy Analyst
- Legal Intake Civil Rights
- Initiate a case on Fair Housing or Nursing Home issues