Research from the World Health Organization shows that about half of the American population will acquire some type of disability at some point during their lifetime. It can be difficult to find the right housing accommodations for persons with disabilities and establishing what type of services one might need can be stressful. However, there are resources available to help get things into perspective.
Whether an individual is in need of financial assistance, residence modifications, a group home, or whatever the situation calls for—most of their answers can be found by contacting the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD not only provides an array of programs but also lists of certified counseling agencies.
HUD can assist those with special needs and has excellent information on local care and special needs housing throughout the nation.
You can reach HUD toll-free by calling (800) 569-4287.
Independent living centers are also an alternative for people with special care needs. Most are located within established communities and owned and operated privately by individuals with disabilities. An independent living center offers its residents a space where they can be directly involved in maintaining their community while, at the same time, providing its residents with the support services they require.
If you choose to stay in your home, you may need to make changes to improve accessibility and comfort. Your state’s assistive technology project can help with equipment and design specifications, local sources, and financial assistance for everything from ramps to remodels.
GovBenefits.gov is also an excellent source to find out about federal assistance for those who may be facing financial difficulties (and the possibility of losing their homes) due to disability.