The VITAL Act has been introduced in the United States Senate.

Text on image reads, “Vital Act Legislation will 1. Increase investment in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, and 2. Ensure that developers are building more accessible housing units that are designed for older adults and people with disabilities, [and] units located within communities where residents can walk or move around easily in wheelchairs.” There is an image of a row of houses in the background.

The VITAL Act (Visitable Inclusive Tax Credits Act for Accessible Living), was introduced in the U.S. Senate to address a lack of accessible and affordable housing. 

The VITAL Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Casey and with origin co-sponsors U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Peter Welch (D-VT), aims to increase accessible housing through additional funding incentives, investments, and building requirements to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) – the nation’s primary driver of affordable housing. 

Passage of the VITAL Act would enable 1.9 million more affordable rental homes to be built or rehabbed over ten years with up to 50% of those homes accessible to people with mobility or sensory disabilities. The VITAL Act would also provide the opportunity for more affordable, accessible housing options in neighborhoods that are walkable and rollable. 

The bill is a result of advocacy led by The Kelsey and a coalition of housing and disability rights organizations. To find out more about The VITAL Act and how you can support passage of this bill, click here.