December 15, 2022

CHRT Releases New Policy Brief on the US Housing Crisis and Disability

Housing crisis is magnified for people with physical disabilities. Here’s how we can help.

The Center for Health and Research Transformation, part of the IDEAL RRTC, has recently released a new policy brief on the lack of affordable and Accessible housing in the United States. The brief describes how, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of low income renters were experiencing or at high risk of experiencing housing instability. Among them, people with physical disabilities are being disproportionately impacted.

Policymakers need to address both the affordable housing crisis and the shortage of accessible housing for people with disabilities. CHRT illustrated in the brief several federal and state-based policy solutions, such as:

  1. Designing universal design policies, regulatory reforms, and home modification initiatives that can advance housing accessibility and affordability.
  2. Continuing services like Medicaid’s 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers and the CAPABLE model.
  3. Increasing federal rental assistance for low income individuals with physical disabilities.