DRC advocates for safe and accessible housing. We work to make sure people with disabilities can live where they choose. To find out more about our work, read on.
DRC’s Civil Rights Practice Group protects and advances the basic human right to safe and accessible housing. We advocate to increase the stock of affordable, accessible, and safe housing through complex litigation and systemic advocacy. We work to develop strategies for addressing homelessness, housing discrimination, unfair land use and zoning restrictions, and Not-In-My Back Yard (NIMBY) attitudes.
Supportive housing means there are services to help a person with mental health disabilities keep the housing. The services improve their health and help them get a job. This pub talks about what developers, advocates and governments have done to promote this housing. It gives ideas to grow community support. It has tools to deal with resistance by neighbors.
This pub tells you about your housing rights. It gives you resources to know your rights. It has sample letters to help you get a reasonable accommodation or modification. Accommodations are exceptions to rules and modifications are changes to buildings. It tells you what to do if your landlord will not give you one.
This tells you about your right to have an assistance animal when your housing does not allow pets. Assistance animal means an animal you need lives in your home. It can be a service animal or an emotional support animal. This pub tells you what to do if your landlord will not let you keep your assistance animal and tells you where to get help.
This pub tells landlords about the rights of people with disabilities. It gives examples of discrimination. It gives landlords resources to stop discrimination.
A “housing element” studies the housing needs of a community for all income levels. It lists plans to meet the needs. This pub has a checklist to make sure the plan covers supportive housing for people with mental health disabilities. It has sample language for “housing elements.” It talks about making sure zoning laws allow for supportive housing.
This pub tells landlords about reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Accommodations are exceptions to rules. This pub gives examples. It says what a landlord can request to decide to give one.
This pub tells landlords about reasonable modifications for people with disabilities. Modifications are changes to a building or unit. This pub gives examples. It says what a landlord can request to decide to give one.
This pub tells landlords about the rights of people with disabilities. It tells them that they have to waive a no-pet rule if a person has an emotional support or service animal. It says what they can request to decide about waiving the rule.
This pub lists some of the tools in pub #CM53.01. That pub talks about supportive housing. It gives resources and policy suggestions. Supportive housing means there are services to help a person with mental health disabilities keep the housing. The services improve their health and help them get a job.