chapter  9
12 Pages

Accessible Housing and Affordability

ByRobin Paul Malloy

This book addresses issues related to public and private cooperation in developing affordable housing to meet the needs of a dynamic population. In this context, accessible housing is important so that all people can actively participate in community and neighborhood activities. Unfortunately, many single-family residential homes are inaccessible to the mobility impaired. Current regulations relating to building accessibility cover public places, places of public accommodations, and publicly funded housing but they do not cover privately funded single-family residential homes. The distinction is one based on a predicate of public interest in the property, and an assumption that privately funded houses are not a matter of sufficient public concern, at least as relates to inclusive design requirements.