For people who have disabilities—especially those using a wheelchair—finding affordable, accessible housing in their communities is nearly impossible. Many are forced to turn to costly and isolating settings, instead of living in homes of their own. Housing developers and builders need more clarity around a shared definition of accessibility, as well as financial support to ensure they can include physically and sensory accessible dwellings in housing projects.
Creating a shared definition of accessible housing will provide clarity for developers, builders, and people with disabilities. Ensuring that bonding requests for housing projects include physical and sensory accessibility features will support builders and developers to create more inclusive homes. More affordable, accessible housing for Minnesotans with disabilities will support their informed choice and reduce reliance on restrictive and expensive provider-controlled settings.