How Cross-Disability Design Makes Housing Better for Everyone

Affordable housing developers must surmount an array of hurdles to bring their projects to fruition, including land use politics, funding shortfalls, rising construction costs, and layers of funding requirements. The call to also make affordable housing accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities strikes some as one leap too many. But contrary to assumptions, building with disability-forward design principles in mind makes developments more appealing to a broader range of residents, extends the usefulness of a space, and can attract new funding partners and supporters.

The lobby of a building with people of different races painted on the wall. Stairs with multicolored posts are visible. People are seen milling about the lobby.

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