A lack in accessible and affordable housing is one of the most significant obstacles people with disabilities face. An accessible home means increased independence and self-sufficiency. One of the most common needs expressed to PACE staff is a need for accessible affordable housing. Economic barriers such as high unemployment rate of people with disabilities, adaptive technology, equipment/medical expenses and discrimination can complicate the situation by limiting financial resources.
As people with and without disabilities age, often more disability creeps in. We don’t notice the gradual loss of sight as we need more light to read, captions to watch the news, or a grab bar in the tub that we can rely on when our balance falters. A home that anticipates these natural life changes can ward off loss of independence as we all age.
Similarly, a parent of a child with a disability can enhance that child’s independence by creating an environment that addresses their individual access needs (install low-pile carpeting for easier mobility for child with manual wheelchair). The parent is building the child’s foundation to know they can develop the ability to control of their environment.
PACE staff provides skills training in areas related to budgeting for an apartment/home, advocating with landlords, learning the apartment rental process, working with the Housing Authority, understanding your access needs and advocating for them, defining and defending against housing discrimination, etc.
PACE is working to increase awareness, provide information and technical assistance and bring together community entities to provide more housing options for people with disabilities.
Please fill out the Requester Information Form below and indicate which of the items below you would like mailed or emailed to you:
Champaign County and Vermilion County accessible and subsidized apartment lists
Ramp resources for the PACE coverage area
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Fair Housing Act – 7 design principles fact sheet
What is Visitability
Principles of Universal Design
Accessible Homes Terms and Definitions
Environmental Modifications for Vision Loss
Mental Illness & Housing
For more information contact PACE 217 344-5433, 217 689-0289 VP, 217 344-5024 TTY
For more information on the PACE Homeowner’s Coalition please click here.
What can you do to advocate for more accessible, affordable housing for people with disabilities? Hone your advocacy skills. Join PACE’s Community Advocacy Group called Advocates for Access