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Disability Housing: Home Purchase, Rentals, Discrimination Information

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-08-27
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Synopsis: Information on housing and assistance programs for people with disabilities and veterans wanting to buy a house unit or condo. For persons with a disability in the U.S., you may qualify for government housing assistance under Section 504 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although there are other government programs available, this is the most well-known. Additionally, you can find further information on any state or local assistance programs through HUD-approved agencies. A U.S. HUD study shows people with disabilities still face discrimination in up to half of the rental inquiries. It is unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing or to deny a dwelling to a buyer or renter because of the disability of that individual, an individual associated with the buyer or renter, or an individual who intends to live in residence.

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This section of Disabled World provides information regarding home and housing options for people with a disability. In addition, we also cover information on housing programs for veterans and buying a home, as well as financial assistance programs, including home mortgages, available for those wanting to buy a house, unit, or condo.

U.S. Disability Housing

For persons with a disability in the U.S., you may qualify for government housing assistance under Section 504 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although there are other government programs available, this is the most well-known. Additionally, you can find other information on any state or local assistance programs through HUD-approved agencies.

For U.S. veterans, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs handles housing assistance for disabled vets.

Since there can be long waits for U.S. government housing, you should apply as soon as possible. Further information on US Disability Housing and Home Loans

A U.S. HUD study shows people with disabilities still face discrimination in up to half of the rental inquiries. It is unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing or to deny a dwelling to a buyer or renter because of the disability of that individual, an individual associated with the buyer or renter, or an individual who intends to live in residence.

The Fair Housing Act, amended in 1988, prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin.

For further information, visit HUD.gov Disability Rights in Housing

White and brown apartment buildings with narrow tree lined river in foreground.
White and brown apartment buildings with narrow tree lined river in foreground.

Homeless Assistance Grant Programs

Continuum of Care program - The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families, and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

HUD's definition of homelessness specifically includes any individual or family fleeing or attempting to flee domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions. In 2011, HUD provided this population with over $40 million in targeted homeless assistance grants. HUD homeless assistance grants allow for flexible program design, including innovative trauma-informed care models. Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Eligibility Requirements.

U.S. Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act, amended in 1988, prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. Its coverage includes private housing, housing that receives Federal financial assistance, and State and local government housing. It is unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing or to deny a dwelling to a buyer or renter because of the disability of that individual, an individual associated with the buyer or renter, or an individual who intends to live in residence. Other covered activities include financing, zoning practices, new construction design, and advertising.

Complaints of Fair Housing Act violations may be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

Office of Compliance and Disability Rights Division
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, S.W., Room 5242
Washington, D.C. 20410

Disability Housing and the ADA

Title II of the ADA applies to all programs, services, and activities provided or made available by public entities. This includes housing when the housing is provided or made available by a public entity. For example, housing covered by Title II of the ADA includes public housing authorities that meet the ADA definition of "public entity" and housing operated by States or local government units, such as housing on a State university campus.

Title III of the ADA covers public and common use areas at housing developments when these public areas are, by their nature, open to the public. For example, it covers the rental office since it is open to the public.

For further information, see our page covering US Housing Discrimination information.

For information about housing programs in your state, contact the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

U.K. Disability Housing

A Disabled Facilities Grant is a local council grant to help afford the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue living there. A grant is paid when the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs and that the work is reasonable and practical.

Specialist equipment and adaptations can make it much easier for you to live independently in your home.

The equipment available ranges from large equipment like stair lifts and hoists to smaller gadgets designed for people with specific disabilities.

Your local council can tell you about its services, care homes, and supported or sheltered housing in your area.

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