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  • Accessible Space, Inc In 1978, when Accessible Space, Inc. was founded, very few housing options were available for people with a mobility impairment and/or brain injury. Often, individuals lived in long-term medical facilities or nursing homes because there were no other choices available. ASI was created to correct this problem. Today, our affordable, accessible apartment buildings and cooperative homes are located throughout Minnesota and U.S., making independent living a possibility for hundreds of people.
  • Accessible UDA Ideal Home Plans UDA is proud to offer a comprehensive range of cost-effective and intelligent Accessible Ideal Home Plans and Planning Services that effectively enable people with disabilities to productively utilize and move about their homes. UDA has been a pioneer in this arena for more than a decade, and currently offers more than 100 one-story and two-story Ideal Home Plans with first floor master suites that allow for easy accessibility.
  • Arkansas Support Network "It is our belief that every person has the right to live in a home and in the community as an active and accepted member. Our intent is to support the presence and participation of children and adults with developmental disabilities in their homes and communities. Our Affordable Housing program, established in 1991, assists individuals in locating affordable housing with an emphasis on homeownership. Since its inception, the program has assisted seventeen individuals who have disabilities in becoming homeowners."
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. Our name honors the federal appeals court judge whose landmark decisions pioneered the field of mental health law, and our advocacy is based on the principle that every individual is entitled to choice and dignity. For many people with mental disabilities, this means something as basic as having a decent place to live, supportive services and equality of opportunity.
  • California Department of Developmental Services - Affordable Housing Guide The following pages contain information for persons seeking affordable housing or for persons who are working to increase the affordable housing options for persons with developmental disabilities.
  • The California Housing Law Project The California Housing Law Project is an advocacy organization that lobbies in the California State Legislature for affordable housing and tenants rights for low income people, the disabled, elderly, homeless and farmworkers.
  • CHAPA CHAPA helps low and moderate income people find housing through a variety of programs and initiatives, including first-time homebuyer programs; Mass Access, an accessible housing registry for people with disabilities; homeownership counseling agencies and workshops; the Home of Your Own Program, a homeownership program for people with disabilities; and more.
  • Concrete Change An international effort to make all homes visitable! Includes: What's At Stake, Construction Guidelines, Myths and Facts, Zero-Step Entrance, Construction Costs, Still to Come . . . Make Change!
  • The Enterprise Foundation The Enterprise Foundation is a national, nonprofit housing and community development organization launched by Jim and Patty Rouse in 1982 to see that all low-income people in America have the opportunity for fit and affordable housing, and to move up and out of poverty into the mainstream of American life. As a catalyst for long lasting community change, The Enterprise Foundation assists community-based nonprofit organizations and state and local governments in developing affordable housing and community services. Enterprise works with more than 700 nonprofit organizations in more than 200 locations across the country. The Enterprise Foundation works to foster neighborhood revitalization by working with community-based organizations in partnership with local institutions to: Develop affordable housing, Develop community and individual assets, Enhance community safety.
  • Fair Housing Accessibility First Housing Instruction, Resources, Support, Technical Guidance. "With Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST, public and private owners, developers, architects, operators of housing, and others will learn how to engage in practices that do not discriminate against people with disabilities. In order to create this training and technical guidance program to meets the needs of the many diverse stakeholders, BearingPoint conducted an extensive Needs Analysis designed to ascertain the information needed to effectively tailor the program and encourage participation."
  • The Fannie Mae Foundation The Fannie Mae Foundation, a private foundation, supports national and local nonprofit organizations working to provide decent and affordable housing, and otherwise improve the quality of life, in communities throughout the United States. To promote homeownership, the Foundation also sponsors public service outreach efforts, including consumer education and home-buying fairs, and conducts housing and policy research. The Foundation's sole source of support is Fannie Mae. The Foundation is headquartered in Washington, DC and has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Pasadena, and Philadelphia.
  • Habitat for Humanity International Why do millions of Americans live in substandard housing? Does affordable housing affect nearby property values? Who receives housing subsidies from the federal government? These and other questions are explored in our newly expanded section of articles, links and statistics, "Why Habitat Is Needed."
  • Homeless, HUD If you are homeless, help is available! HUD, along with many other federal agencies, funds programs to help the homeless. These programs are managed by local organizations that we call "homeless assistance agencies." They provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs.
  • Housing Assistance Council A national nonprofit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Housing Assistance Council has been helping local organizations build affordable homes for rural Americans since 1971. HAC has gained a national reputation by providing seed money loans, technical assistance, program and policy analysis, research and demonstration projects, training, and information services to public, nonprofit, and organizations nationwide who are concerned about affordable housing for low-income rural Americans. If you are an individual interested in homeownership opportunites, please click here. HAC is governed by a 28-member board of directors. Board members include representatives of private industry, government, and public and nonprofit housing agencies at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Hud's Homes and Communities - People with Disabilities We've created this page for People with Disabilities. It contains information, from all parts of HUD's web site, that will interest you - it gives you one-stop shopping!
  • Innercitypress.org Inner City Press / Community on the Move (ICP) is a non-profit community, consumers’ and civil rights organization headquartered in the South Bronx of New York City, it covers the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), fair lending, and trends in banking, particularly as they affect consumers and small businesses. It is also engaged in cut-edge advocacy, reporting and organizing in the fields of community reinvestment, fair access to credit, insurance and telecommunications, environmental justice, and government and corporate accountability. The more recently formed Inner City Public Interest Law Center engages in litigation and administrative advocacy around these issues, including collaborating with or providing legal representation to other community groups. Housing Options exists to promote independent supported living including home ownership for people with learning disabilities. It does this by providing practical help, advice and information. It can be a gateway to accessing different types of social housing. The aim is to assist people with learning disabilities achieve greater control over aspects of their life and more security to provide more choices - more options for individuals, parents, social services, care agencies.
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials The purpose of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is to be the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans, particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes, and to enhance the professional development and effectiveness of NAHRO's members.
  • NALHFA On-Line The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, founded in 1982, is the national association of professionals working to finance affordable housing in the broader community development context at the local level. As a non-profit association, ALHFA is an advocate before Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues affecting affordable housing and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to its members and the public. Members are city and county agencies, non-profits, and private firms, such as underwriters, consultants, financial advisors, bond counsels, and rating agencies, which help in producing housing from concept to completion.
  • The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification The Center works closely with groups involved with supportive housing and home modification and a National Advisory Committee to accomplish four objectives that are to provide: Applied research, evaluation and policy analysis a knowledge base for practical applications. Training and education Internet courses, workshops, conferences, exhibits. Technical assistance policy updates, national teleconferences, advisement, local home modification coalitions. Information clearinghouse reports, guidebooks, newsletters and fact sheets that provide objective information
  • National Housing Institute The National Housing Institute is an organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America. NHI has performed original research on such topics as saving subsidized housing, homelessness prevention, and creating jobs as a component of affordable housing construction. We search for innovative strategies, unique partnerships, and effective ways to organize low-income communities. We then communicate our findings in an objective, journalistic style in Shelterforce, our bi-monthly magazine.
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition Established in 1974, the National Low Income Housing Coalition/LIHIS is the only national organization dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis. The NLIHC is committed to educating, organizing, and advocating to ensure decent, affordable housing within healthy neighborhoods for everyone. NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions.
  • Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April® HUSA Christmas in April® HUSA is the leading national volunteer organization that, in partnership with the community, rehabilitates the houses of low income homeowners, particularly people with disabilities, the elderly and families with children so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence.
  • Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. promotes, supports and develops independent living for people with physical disabilities. The following values guide the organization, its services and will continue to guide any new developments: A commitment to high consumer involvement in the Ten Ten Sinclair Housing organization. A commitment to consumer control over their living situation, including a commitment to consumers assuming responsibility for decision making with all the associated risks and responsibilities. A commitment to experiential learning. A commitment to integrated community living. A commitment to consumers' maximizing their potential in independent living. A commitment to collaboration and partnerships with community organizations.
  • Universal Basic Access to Homes People who use wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids are blocked by steps at every entrance of a home. They're stopped by inches from fitting through the bathroom door in a friend or relative¼s home. Constructing homes without these barriers is inexpensive and easy. So why is it still happening?? Builders, Contractors, Advocates, Legislators, Realtors, Designers, Freedom Fighters, Architects, Boat Rockers, Wonks, Webmasters, Curious Bystanders, Community Development Groups, Government Workers, Medical Workers, Journalists, Friends... Here you'll find resources to change the status quo.
  • Woodstock Institute Woodstock Institute, a Chicago nonprofit incorporated in 1973, works locally and nationally to promote community reinvestment and economic development in lower-income and minority communities. We work with community organizations, financial institutions, foundations, government agencies, and others to promote our goals. The Institute engages in applied research, policy analysis, technical assistance, public education, and program design and evaluation. Areas of expertise include CRA and Fair Lending policies, financial and insurance services, small business lending, community development financial institutions, and economic development strategies including local employment.