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Tenant Talk Vol 8, issue 2, October 23, 2018

Expanding Housing Options in Your Community Webinar, By Ann Denton, September 20, 2018

HUD plan would raise rents for poor by 20 percent, By Juliet Linderman and Larry Fenn, June 07, 2018

Topeka Housing Authority: HUD rent increases potentially ‘devastating’, By Morgan Chilson, April 28, 2018

Low Income Energy Assistance Program Helps Heat Homes, From the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), January 12, 2016

Homeless outreach: Mental health centers strive to get more Kansans into treatment, By Megan Hart, August 26, 2016

Tax Credits for Ramps, Grab Bars to Help Seniors Stay at Home, By Jenni Bergal, August 24, 2016

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The ABLEDATA Accessible Housing Resource Center links you to dozens of different websites with housing information of interest to people with disabilities.

The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, buildings, outdoor and urban environments and related products. The Center's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should be usable by everyone regardless of their age, ability, or circumstance. Part of the College of Design at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, the Center promotes the concept of universal design in all design, construction, and manufacturing disciplines through research, design assistance, and training.

Concrete Change - The definitive source for information on "visitable" design. In fact, Concrete Change coined the term "Visitablity" which basically means that a home is designed so that a person with a mobility impairment can get in and out of the house and use the bathroom. Everything you ever wanted to know about Visitablity can be found here.

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. They may be able to help you with housing discrimination problems.

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. provides Tenant and Landlord, Homeownership, and Credit Counseling Services. One-on-one counseling is available by phone, in-person, or online from HCCI offices in Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia.

Housing Discrimination Complaint App - This app designed for both iPhone and iPad by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allows you submit a claim of housing discrimination for review by Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. You can use this App to file a claim of housing discrimination with HUD. The app also provides information about the fair housing complaint process, and allows the public to access HUD’s toll-free discrimination hotline and link to HUD’s fair housing website: www.hud.gov/fairhousing

Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible - This article from the MoneyGeek website provides an overview of how much some types of renovations cost, tips on where to find help to pay for remodeling projects and expert advice about what types of projects make sense.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.

KSHousingSearch.org is a housing locator service, sponsored by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which provides detailed information on affordable rental housing available throughout Kansas and allows people to locate housing that best fits their individual needs. The site can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, M-F, 9-8 EST.

HUD's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Database provideds selective access to data on HUD's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program. Through this program investors receive a credit against their federal taxes in exchange for providing funds to build or renovate housing at rents within reach of low-income people. You can use the Database to locate properties that participate in the LIHTC Program in your community.

National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis. We believe that this is achievable, that the affordable housing crisis is a problem that Americans are capable of solving. While we are concerned about the housing circumstances of all low income people, we focus our advocacy on those with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households.

The Fully Accessible Guide to Home Loans for People with Disabilities - This guide offers a comprehensive overview of resources and opportunities that can help you overcome the financial challenges that stand between you and homeownership. Whether you’re in the market for a new home or you’re a first-time buyer, this guide has information you need to get past those obstacles.

Topeka Housing Authority operates the public housing, Section 8 and other programs to assist low-income households in Topeka.

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ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, INTEGRATED HOUSING - A housing plan to free people with disabilities from unwanted institutional placement developed by the ADAPT Community

Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market Against People Who Are Deaf and People Who Use Wheelchairs - this study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institutefinds that people who are deaf or who use wheelchairs are at a statistically significant disadvantage when it comes to the number of homes they are informed about.

Fair Housing Act Design Manual, US Department of Housing and Urban Development - This manual provides comprehensive information about accessibility requirements which must be incorporated into the design and construction of mutifamily housing covered by the Fair Housing Act. It is intended to provide clear and helpful guidance about ways to design and construct housing that complies with the accessiblity requirements of the Act.

Right to Emotional Support Animals in "No Pet" Housing - This factsheet by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law explains a renter with a disability's right to an emmotional support animal and information to help in requestioning a rasonable accommodation.

Fulfilling the Dream: Aligning State Efforts to Implement Olmstead and End Chronic Homelessness, February 2016 - This document by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness makes the case for greater state and local alignment of efforts to end chronic homelessness and efforts to comply with the community integration mandate under Title II of the ADA. It highlight similarities among efforts to end chronic homelessness and to achieve community integration of individuals with disabilities. It also outlines ways that communities can achieve alignment by developing a local action plan that engages an array of community partners.

HUD Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs, April 25, 2013 - This notice explains certain obligations of housing providers covered by the FHAct, Section 504, and/or the ADA with respect to animals that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities.

Increasing Home Access: Designing for Visitability, Research Report, Jordana L. Maisel, IDEA Center; Eleanor Smith, Concrete Change; Edward Steinfeld, IDEA Center ; August 2008 - (report)(in brief) Visitability initiatives that support aging independently in one's home and community are the subject of this AARP Public Policy Institute Research Report. The authors discuss the barriers to visitability implementation and opportunities for further acceptance of these design parameters in the construction of new homes. Visitability is a movement that seeks to increase the supply of accessible housing through the inclusion of three basic structural features at the time of home construction: a zero-step entrance, wide doorways, and at least a half bath on the main floor of the home. (109 pages), Pub ID: 2008-14

Making Homes Visitable, This new guide from the KU Research & Training Center on 
Independent Living provides information about making homes visitable by people with mobility limitations and why it matters.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2011 Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy is intended to provide advocates, policymakers, students, and others with information on the most relevant housing and housing-related programs and issues at the federal level, as well as information related to the community planning process. Each article provides basic information on a specific program or issue, and its current status. Where appropriate, advocates are provided talking points to assist in weighing in on particular topics. The appendices serve as a guide to the federal lawmaking and regulatory process and provide the kind of introductory information that can help anyone become an effective housing advocate.

A Practical Guide to Universal Home Design, This booklet by the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, a program of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities is a room by room checklist you can use to help you consider your
options when incorporating the principles of universal design to increase the ease and flexibility of your home.

Priced Out in 2014 is a study of the severe housing affordability problems experienced by people with disabilities. Priced Out calculates the difference between what an individual receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can reasonably afford to pay for housing costs and the average cost of modest housing units. Priced Out in 2014 confirms that non-elderly adults with disabilities living on SSI confront an enormous housing affordability gap across the entire nation. - See more at: http://www.tacinc.org/knowledge-resources/priced-out-findings/#sthash.5YaaDZz5.dpuf (Priced Out in 2014 full report | Priced Out in 2012 full report in PDF)

Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act, Joint Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice, May 17, 2004 - This Statement provides technical assistance regarding the rights and obligations of persons with disabilities and housing providers under the Fair Housing Act relating to reasonable accommodations.

Reasonable Modifications Under the Fair Housing Act, Joint Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice, March 05, 2008 - detailed information, in a question-and-answer format, on the rights and obligations of persons with disabilities and housing providers under the Fair Housing Act relating to reasonable modifications.

Section 504 FAQ - These questions and answers focus on the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibit disability discrimination in programs receiving HUD funds or financial assistance.

Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the Role of Housing in Accomplishing the Goals of Olmstead - this guidance provides information to clarify how recipients of federal financial assistance from HUD can assist state and local Olmstead efforts, and to encourage housing providers to support Olmstead implementation by increasing the integrated housing opportunities that are available for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from, or at serious risk of entering, institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other restrictive, segregated settings.

The State of Fair Housing - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY 2008 Annual Report on Fair Housing - According to this report a record 10,552 fair housing discrimination complaints were filed in fiscal year 2008. The report, which is produced for Congress each year, shows that the majority of the complaints, 44 percent, were filed by persons with disabilities.

The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective, National Council on Disability (NCD), January 19, 2010 - This report provides a comprehensive overview of the state of housing for people with disabilities in the United States. It answers important questions about the current housing needs and options for people with disabilities and offers recommendations to improve housing opportunities.

2014 - 2018 Kansas Consolidated Plan and 2014 Action Plan Comments by TILRC Executive Director Mike Oxford - The Consolidated Plan serves as the State's policy guide for publicly funded housing programs for low-to-moderate income persons and families (CDBG); very low and low-income households (HOME ); homeless individuals and families (ESG); and individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA).

2009 Worst Case Housing Needs of People with Disabilities - This U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report summarizes efforts to measure the extent of "worst case housing needs" among very low-income renter households with disabilities. The report finds that approximately 1 million households that included nonelderly people with disabilities had worst case needs. Renter households that include nonelderly people with disabilities are more likely than those that don’t include people with disabilities to have very low incomes, experience worst case needs, pay more than one-half of their income for rents, and have other housing problems, such as living in inadequate or overcrowded housing.

Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability - Poverty disproportionately affects people with disabilities and the data presented in this brief by the Research and Training Center on Community Living show poverty and housing issues are closely related.

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