Finding Accessible Housing

 In #zerobarriers, Freedom Friday
A wheelchair user sitting in a home facing a set of stairs that are going to a second level.

It is difficult to find accessible rental property. The right questions need to be asked prior to signing a lease. Photo credit: thecompleteaccess.com

In our last blog we talked about the difficulty of finding affordable, accessible housing. In case you missed it, read it here. Today we want to share some tips and resources with you to help get reasonable accommodations if the need presents itself. Like I mentioned before, the need for accessible, affordable housing can happen to anyone at any given time. It is important to know what resources are available to you when looking for affordable housing. A good local resource in the Fargo/Moorhead area would be Fargo Housing & Development.  In the Jamestown area, start here.  If you are in the Fergus Falls area try this site here.  In the Wahpaton/Brekkenridge area try here.  I also found an article on Rentberry relevant to share with you here. Don’t forget that Freedom Resource Center also has an accessibility expert on our staff who would be glad to address any accessibility concerns you may have. Remember that if your accessibility needs change, as a renter, you are allowed to make modifications, at your own expense. Also, the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Remodelers Council members volunteer to build handicap-accessible ramps for income-eligible home owners.  If you are looking into ramps for your home, venue, or any other access point, another resource to look at is Roll-A-Ramp. These ramps are versatile, assemble in minutes, and can be stored with minimal space.

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